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Where Rangers' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Leody Taveras (MLB No. 34), OF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
2. Willie Calhoun (MLB No. 53), OF -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
3. Julio Pablo Martinez (MLB No. 70), OF -- Extended spring training -- Dominican Republic
4. Hans Crouse, RHP -- Extended spring training
5. Cole Ragans, LHP -- Injured -- Tommy John surgery
6. Bubba Thompson, OF -- Extended spring training
7. Yohander Mendez, LHP -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
8. Ronald Guzman, 1B -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
9. Kyle Cody, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv) -- DL
10. Pedro Gonzalez, OF -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
11. Chris Seise, SS -- Extended spring training
12. Anderson Tejeda, SS/2B -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
13. Joe Palumbo, LHP -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
14. Jonathan Hernandez, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
15. Brett Martin, LHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
16. Yanio Perez, 1B/OF/3B -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
17. A.J. Alexy, RHP -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
18. Miguel Aparicio, OF -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
19. Ariel Jurado, RHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
20. C.D. Pelham, LHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
21. Jose Trevino, C -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
22. Michael Matuella, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
23. Alex Speas, RHP -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
24. Matt Whatley, C -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
25. Sam Huff, C -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
26. David Garcia, C -- Extended spring training
27. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, INF/C -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
28. Josh Morgan, SS/C -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
29. Ricardo Rodriguez, RHP -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
30. Brendon Davis, INF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Leody Taveras (MLB No. 34), OF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
2. Willie Calhoun (MLB No. 53), OF -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
3. Julio Pablo Martinez (MLB No. 70), OF -- Extended spring training -- Dominican Republic
4. Hans Crouse, RHP -- Extended spring training
5. Cole Ragans, LHP -- Injured -- Tommy John surgery
6. Bubba Thompson, OF -- Extended spring training
7. Yohander Mendez, LHP -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
8. Ronald Guzman, 1B -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
9. Kyle Cody, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv) -- DL
10. Pedro Gonzalez, OF -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
11. Chris Seise, SS -- Extended spring training
12. Anderson Tejeda, SS/2B -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
13. Joe Palumbo, LHP -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
14. Jonathan Hernandez, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
15. Brett Martin, LHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
16. Yanio Perez, 1B/OF/3B -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
17. A.J. Alexy, RHP -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
18. Miguel Aparicio, OF -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
19. Ariel Jurado, RHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
20. C.D. Pelham, LHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
21. Jose Trevino, C -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
22. Michael Matuella, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
23. Alex Speas, RHP -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
24. Matt Whatley, C -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
25. Sam Huff, C -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
26. David Garcia, C -- Extended spring training
27. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, INF/C -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
28. Josh Morgan, SS/C -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
29. Ricardo Rodriguez, RHP -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
30. Brendon Davis, INF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)

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Team to watch
Though he's starting the year in Triple-A Round Rock, outfielder Willie Calhoun remains a prime Rookie of the Year candidate. Few prospects combine the ability to hit for average and power like he can. Left-hander Yohander Mendez, a changeup artist, and sweet-swinging first baseman Ronald Guzman also are a step away from the big leagues. The Rangers also have an impressive crew of young players in extended spring training with outfielders Julio Pablo Martinez and Bubba Thompson, right-hander Hans Crouse and shortstop Chris Seise.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

Teams on MiLB.TV
Round Rock Express
Frisco RoughRiders

New faces
A Cuban defector, the toolsy Martinez signed for $2.8 million on March 6 and figures to begin his pro career at one of Texas' Class A affiliates.

On the shelf
Right-hander Cole Ragans will miss the entire season after getting diagnosed with an elbow injury during Spring Training and requiring Tommy John surgery. Righties Joe Palumbo (Tommy John surgery in 2017) and Ricardo Rodriguez (elbow inflammation) are on the big league 60-day disabled list. Righty Kyle Cody also has elbow inflammation and landed on the DL at high Class A Down East.

Jim Callis i a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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