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Where the Reds' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

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With the 2017 season getting started, here's a look at where the Reds' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Nick Senzel -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
2. Amir Garrett -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
3. Jesse Winker -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
4. Robert Stephenson -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
5. Taylor Trammell -- Dayton Dragons (A)
6. Aristides Aquino -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
7. Luis Castillo -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
8. Tyler Stephenson -- Dayton Dragons (A)
9. Sal Romano -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
10. Tyler Mahle -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
11. Alfredo Rodriguez -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
12. Vladimir Gutierrez -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
13. Chris Okey -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
14. Shed Long -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
15. Antonio Santillan -- Dayton Dragons (A)
16. TJ Friedl -- Dayton Dragons (A)
17. Rookie Davis -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
18. Jimmy Herget -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
19. Keury Mella -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
20. Phil Ervin -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
21. Nicholas Travieso -- Disabled list/rehab
22. Austin Brice -- Disabled list
23. Ariel Hernandez -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
24. Blake Trahan -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
25. Alex Blandino -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
26. Carlton Daal -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
27. Gavin LaValley -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
28. Tanner Rainey -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
29. Nick Hanson -- Disabled list
30. Sebastian Elizalde -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

With the 2017 season getting started, here's a look at where the Reds' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Nick Senzel -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
2. Amir Garrett -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
3. Jesse Winker -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
4. Robert Stephenson -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
5. Taylor Trammell -- Dayton Dragons (A)
6. Aristides Aquino -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
7. Luis Castillo -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
8. Tyler Stephenson -- Dayton Dragons (A)
9. Sal Romano -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
10. Tyler Mahle -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
11. Alfredo Rodriguez -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
12. Vladimir Gutierrez -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
13. Chris Okey -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
14. Shed Long -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
15. Antonio Santillan -- Dayton Dragons (A)
16. TJ Friedl -- Dayton Dragons (A)
17. Rookie Davis -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
18. Jimmy Herget -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
19. Keury Mella -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
20. Phil Ervin -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
21. Nicholas Travieso -- Disabled list/rehab
22. Austin Brice -- Disabled list
23. Ariel Hernandez -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
24. Blake Trahan -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
25. Alex Blandino -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
26. Carlton Daal -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
27. Gavin LaValley -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
28. Tanner Rainey -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
29. Nick Hanson -- Disabled list
30. Sebastian Elizalde -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

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Team to watch
For the second straight year, Pensacola has the most Top 30 players heading there, with nine. But it might be tempting to go to Daytona and the Florida State League to begin the season. Much of that is because No. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is beginning the year there, but so are intriguing Cuban signs Alfredo Rodriguez and Vladimir Gutierrez. A total of five of the Top 15 -- 2016 draftee Chris Okey and infielder Shed Long are the other two -- will begin the year with the Tortugas.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2017 season

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Louisville Bats
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Dayton Dragons

New faces
As the rebuilding effort continued this past offseason, the Reds sent right-hander Dan Straily to the Marlins for three prospects, all of whom will be making their debut with the Reds this month. Luis Castillo has the most upside of the trio, and he will begin the year with Double-A Pensacola in the Southern League. Austin Brice is beginning the year on the disabled list with an elbow issue, but if he can get healthy, he could contribute out of Cincinnati's bullpen this season. Isaiah White isn't on the Top 30 list, but he has some raw tools to work with. The other big-name new face is Gutierrez, the Cuban import the Reds gave $4.75 million to sign. He'll begin his career with Daytona in the Florida State League.

On the shelf
The Reds knew that Nick Hanson would take a while to develop, since he was a high school pitcher from a cold-weather state (Minnesota). It's going to take even longer, as it was announced in March that the right-hander needed Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2017 season.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.