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Where the Rangers' Top 30 Prospects are starting the season

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With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Joey Gallo -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
2. Lewis Brinson -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
3. Nomar Mazara -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
4. Dillon Tate -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
5. Luis Ortiz -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
6. Jairo Beras -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
7. Eric Jenkins -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
8. Michael Matuella -- Extended spring camp
9. Leody Taveras -- Extended spring camp
10. Josh Morgan -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
11. Brett Martin -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
12. Yeyson Yrizarri -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
13. Ariel Jurado -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
14. Yohander Mendez -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
15. Ryan Cordell -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
16. Andy Ibanez -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
17. Luke Jackson -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
18. Andrew Faulkner -- Texas Rangers (MLB)
19. Evan Van Hoosier -- Suspended
20. Michael De Leon -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
21. Travis Demeritte -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
22. Jose Trevino -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
23. Ronald Guzman -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
24. Patrick Kivlehan -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
25. Jose Leclerc -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
26. Sam Wolff -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
27. Connor Sadzeck -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
28. Jonathan Hernandez -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
29. Pedro Payano -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
30. Ti'Quan Forbes -- Hickory Crawdads (A)

With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Joey Gallo -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
2. Lewis Brinson -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
3. Nomar Mazara -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
4. Dillon Tate -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
5. Luis Ortiz -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
6. Jairo Beras -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
7. Eric Jenkins -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
8. Michael Matuella -- Extended spring camp
9. Leody Taveras -- Extended spring camp
10. Josh Morgan -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
11. Brett Martin -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
12. Yeyson Yrizarri -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
13. Ariel Jurado -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
14. Yohander Mendez -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
15. Ryan Cordell -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
16. Andy Ibanez -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
17. Luke Jackson -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
18. Andrew Faulkner -- Texas Rangers (MLB)
19. Evan Van Hoosier -- Suspended
20. Michael De Leon -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
21. Travis Demeritte -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
22. Jose Trevino -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
23. Ronald Guzman -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
24. Patrick Kivlehan -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
25. Jose Leclerc -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
26. Sam Wolff -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
27. Connor Sadzeck -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
28. Jonathan Hernandez -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
29. Pedro Payano -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
30. Ti'Quan Forbes -- Hickory Crawdads (A)

Complete Rangers prospects coverage at MLBPipeline.com/Rangers

Team to watch
Triple-A Round Rock has three potential superstars in slugging third baseman Joey Gallo, classic right fielder Nomar Mazara and do-everything middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Gallo is No. 8 and Mazara is No. 17 on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100. Profar, who no longer qualifies as a prospect but ranked No. 1 on the Top 100 three years ago, missed most of the last two years with a shoulder injury.

Where teams' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

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Round Rock Express
Frisco RoughRiders

New faces
Signed for $1.6 million last July, Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez will break into pro ball at Class A Hickory. Right-hander Michael Matuella, who might have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft if he hadn't needed Tommy John surgery last April, will return to the mound in June at Hickory or short-season Spokane. Toolsy Dominican outfielder Leody Taveras, signed for $2.1 million last July, will make his pro debut this summer. Corner infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan will begin in Triple-A after joining the Rangers in December as the player to be named in the Tom Wilhelmsen /Leonys Martin trade with the Mariners.

On the shelf
Besides Matuella, Texas' only other Top 30 Prospect who's not physically ready to start the season is right-hander Luke Jackson. He came down with a stress reaction in his lower back during Spring Training and hopes to join Round Rock in mid-April. He's not hurt, but second baseman Evan Van Hoosier will miss most of the first two months of the season while finishing a 50-game suspension after a positive test for amphetamines and a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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