Where the Top 100 prospects are starting the season

April 6th, 2017

The Minor League schedule commences today, so here are the starting assignments for the players among MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects. Eleven of them made Opening Day big league rosters, starting with No. 1 prospect , who homered in Boston's victory over the Pirates on Monday afternoon.

Other Top 100 Prospects who opened 2017 in the Majors included Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (No. 4), Pirates right-hander (No. 8), Padres outfielder (No. 23), Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (No. 27), Padres outfielder (No. 42), Yankees outfielder (No. 45), Reds left-hander (No. 66), Rockies righty (No. 73), Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (No. 75) and Reds righty (No. 87). Swanson, Bell and Almora Jr. all graduated from the list after playing in their first games. (Top 100 rankings are from before the Major League season started.)

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2017 season

Of the 100 prospects, 78 will begin the season in the Minor Leagues: 36 in Triple-A, 19 in Double-A, 14 in Class A Advanced and nine in Class A. Five of them are in extended spring training awaiting assignment, three are rehabilitating from injuries in extended spring and three more are on disabled lists. We present a complete list of each Top 100 Prospect's starting assignment at the bottom of this story.

Teams to watch

The Triple-A Charlotte Knights (White Sox) lead all Minor League clubs with four Top 100 Prospects: second baseman (No. 2), plus right-handers (No. 11), (No. 46) and (No. 71). The Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) and Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers feature three Top 100 Prospects each.

Another stellar roster is Triple-A Durham's, which is headlined by shortstop (No. 21) and outfielder/first baseman (No. 76). New Hampshire's big three are righty Sean Reid-Foley (No. 64), outfielder (No. 70) and shortstop (No. 94). Oklahoma City's top stars are first baseman/outfielder (No. 12), outfielder (No. 61) and second baseman (No. 82).

Teams on MiLB.TV

Fans can watch many of the Top 100 Prospects in the Minors via MiLB.TV, which will stream more than 5,500 games in 2017. Home games for all 30 Triple-A teams will be available, as well as contests involving all 30 Double-A clubs and select games from other classifications.

Charlotte, Durham, New Hampshire and Oklahoma City all will have live games streamed on Minor League Opening Day on Thursday. Eight of the best prospects in the Minors will play in MiLB.TV games that day: Moncada, Yankees shortstop (No. 3), Mets shortstop (No. 5), Phillies shortstop (No. 6), Pirates outfielder (No. 9), Braves middle infielder (No. 10), Giolito and Bellinger.

New faces

Five Top 100 guys will play their first games with their new organizations after getting traded during the offseason. Four of them belong to the White Sox, who landed Moncada and right-hander (No. 16) as part of a package from the Red Sox for Chris Sale and Giolito and Lopez in a deal with the Nationals for on consecutive days at the Winter Meetings. The Rays acquired De Leon from the Dodgers for in January.

Braves shortstop Kevin Maitan (No. 32), the prize of last summer's international market, will make his pro debut in 2017. But he'll have to wait another couple of months because the 17-year-old will spend time in extended spring training before joining a Rookie-level club in June.

On the shelf

Six Top 100 Prospects aren't physically ready to begin the 2017 season. The most prominent is Cubs outfielder (No. 13), who's expected to miss the first two weeks with a sore throwing shoulder before joining high Class A Myrtle Beach.

The Cardinals were counting on right-hander (No. 14) to be a big part of their rotation until he succumbed to Tommy John surgery in February. Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff (No. 98) met the same fate in March, and now they'll both miss the entire year.

The Mariners' Kyle Lewis (No. 28) and the Brewers' Corey Ray (No. 29), who like Kirilloff were outfielders selected in the first 15 picks of the 2017 Draft, both are rehabbing knee injuries in extended spring training. Ray should head to high Class A Carolina in the near future, while Lewis likely won't play before midsummer. Astros right-hander (No. 54) missed much of Spring Training with a bone bruise in his pitching elbow and is building his arm strength up in extended spring.

The complete list

1. Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox -- Boston Red Sox (MLB)

2. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)

3. Gleyber Torres, SS, Yankees -- Trenton Thunder (AA)

4. Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves -- Atlanta Braves (MLB)

5. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets -- Las Vegas 51s (AAA)

6. J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)

7. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)

9. Austin Meadows, OF, Pirates -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)

10. Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS, Braves -- Gwinnett Braves (AAA)

11. Lucas Giolito, RHP, White Sox -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)

12. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers -- Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

13. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Cubs -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)/disabled list

14. Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)/disabled list

15. Brendan Rodgers, SS/2B, Rockies -- Lancaster JetHawks (A Adv)

16. Michael Kopech, RHP, White Sox -- Birmingham Barons (AA)

17. , 3B, Red Sox -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)

18. , OF, Brewers -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)

19. Mickey Moniak, OF, Phillies -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)

20. , RHP, Astros -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

21. Willy Adames, SS, Rays -- Durham Bulls (AAA)

22. , OF, Indians -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)

23. Manuel Margot, OF, Padres -- San Diego Padres (MLB)

24. , OF, Yankees -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)

25. Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Padres -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)

26. Nick Senzel, 3B, Reds -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

27. Josh Bell, 1B/OF, Pirates -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)

28. , 2B/OF, Cubs -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)

29. Kyle Lewis, OF, Mariners -- Extended spring training/rehab

30. Corey Ray, OF, Brewers --Extended spring training/rehab

31. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)

32. Kevin Maitan, SS, Braves -- Extended spring training

33. , RHP, Rays -- Disabled list

34. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays -- Lansing Lugnuts (A)

35. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

36. , OF, Mariners -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)

37. Blake Rutherford, OF, Yankees -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)

38. , LHP, Brewers -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)

39. , C, Cardinals -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

40. , C, Indians -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)

41. Jason Groome, LHP, Red Sox -- Greenville Drive (A)

42. Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres -- San Diego Padres (MLB)

43. Braxton Garrett, LHP, Marlins -- Extended spring training

44. , RHP, Rockies -- Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)

45. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees -- New York Yankees (MLB)

46. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, White Sox -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)

47. , SS/2B, Yankees -- Tampa Yankees (A Adv)

48. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)

49. Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Dodgers -- Extended spring training

50. , SS, Twins -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)

51. Riley Pint, RHP, Rockies -- Asheville Tourists (A)

52. , SS/2B, Athletics -- Nashville Sounds (AAA)

53. Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves -- Mississippi Braves (AA)

54. David Paulino, RHP, Astros -- Houston Astros (MLB)/disabled list

55. Leody Taveras, OF, Rangers -- Hickory Crawdads (A)

56. , LHP, Rangers -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)

57. Triston McKenzie, RHP, Indians -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)

58. , RHP, Yankees -- Tampa Yankees (A Adv)

59. , SS, Pirates -- Altoona Curve (AA)

60. , RHP, Nationals -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)

61. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers -- Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

62. , RHP, Brewers -- Biloxi Shuckers (AA)

63. , 1B, Mets -- Las Vegas 51s (AAA)

64. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Blue Jays -- New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)

65. , SS/2B, Brewers -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)

66. Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)

67. , OF, Reds -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

68. , RHP, Cardinals -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

69. , LHP, Athletics -- Stockton Ports (A Adv)

70. Anthony Alford, OF, Blue Jays -- New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)

71. Carson Fulmer, RHP, White Sox -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)

72. , C, Phillies -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)

73. German Marquez, RHP, Rockies -- Colorado Rockies (MLB)

74. Matt Manning, RHP, Tigers -- Extended spring training

75. Albert Almora, OF, Cubs -- Chicago Cubs (MLB)

76. Jake Bauers, OF/1B, Rays -- Durham Bulls (AAA)

77. Dylan Cease, RHP, Cubs -- South Bend Cubs (A)

78. Mike Soroka, RHP, Braves -- Mississippi Braves (AA)

79. , LHP, Yankees -- Trenton Thunder (AA)

80. , LHP, Braves -- Gwinnett Braves (AAA)

81. , C, White Sox -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)

82. Willie Calhoun, 2B, Dodgers -- Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

83. , OF, Astros -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

84. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Astros -- Quad Cities River Bandits (A)

85. , RHP, Athletics -- Midland RockHounds (AA)

86. Ian Anderson, RHP, Braves -- Rome Braves (A)

87. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)

88. , RHP, Giants -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

89. , INF, Giants -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

90. , OF, Rockies -- Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)

91. Delvin Perez, SS, Cardinals -- Extended spring training

92. , LHP, Twins -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)

93. Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

94. Richard Urena, SS, Blue Jays -- New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)

95. Bobby Bradley, 1B, Indians -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)

96. , 3B/1B, Cubs -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)

97. Cal Quantrill, RHP, Padres -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)

98. Alex Kirilloff, OF, Twins -- Extended spring training/rehab

99. , C, Orioles -- Norfolk Tides (AAA)

100. , 3B, Athletics -- Nashville Sounds (AAA)