With Opening Day upon us, full season minor league rosters are mostly set, and the season starts this Thursday for all of them. I personally am going to go see Zack Wheeler and Travis d'Arnaud on Thursday night when Las Vegas visits Sacramento for their home opener, and am looking forward to providing a game report early next week for that.
With that in mind, I've made the effort to find out where as many of the top prospects are starting their season. Every effort has been made to verify these assignments, specifically through the use of Twitter (both from players themselves, beat reporters, and other bloggers), press releases from both major and minor league organizations, and through posts done by the team-specific sites here at SBNation as well. I have not relied upon the roster pages over at MILB.com, only because they are generally only updated when teams announce the rosters for the start of the season.
Some specific teams that appear to be extremely loaded with top prospects include Hickory (TEX, Low-A), San Jose (SF, High-A), Daytona (CHC, High-A), Durham (TAM, AAA), Lake Elsinore (SD, High-A), Tacoma (SEA, AAA), Fort Wayne (SD, Low-A), and Wilmington (KC, High-A).
A player where I was unable to find a verification of their assignment at the time of writing (Sunday around 4 PM PST) is notated with an asterisk (*), and a bst guess effort has ben made to place them where I believe they are most likely to be sent. If you find a specific player has since been sent to a different level than I have listed, or has since been verified, please respond in the comments with the information and I will update. In addition, if you don't see a specific prospect listed that you're interested in, let me know, and I'll see what I can find out.
UPDATED 4/1/13, 3:00 PM PST
Players with two asterisks (**) are starting the season on suspension, but are listed with their anticipated level once they have served the suspension. Players with three asterisks (***) are expected to start the season on the disabled list, but are anticipated to report to the level they are listed at when healthy.
Alfredo Marte (ARI), Evan Gattis (ATL), Julio Teheran (ATL), Jackie Bradley (BOS), Cody Allen (CLE), Paco Rodriguez (LAD), Rob Brantly (MIA), Jose Fernandez (MIA), Wily Peralta (MIL), Aaron Hicks (MIN), Dan Straily (OAK), Justin Wilson (PIT), Jedd Gyorko (SD), Brandon Maurer (SEA), Carter Capps (SEA), Stephen Pryor (SEA), Shelby Miller (STL), Trevor Rosenthal (STL), Matt Adams (STL), Leonys Martin (TEX)
Pacific Coast League: Didi Gregorius (ARI), Tyler Skaggs (ARI), Matt Davidson* (ARI), Trey McNutt (CHC), Junior Lake (CHC), Josh Vitters (CHC), Brett Jackson (CHC), Nolan Arenado (COL), Jonathan Singleton** (HOU), Jarred Cosart (HOU), Robbie Grossman (HOU), Jonathan Villar (HOU), Bobby Borchering* (HOU), Domingo Santana* (HOU), Christian Colon (KC), Chris Withrow (LAD), Chris Reed* (LAD), Scooter Gennett (MIL), Johnny Hellweg (MIL), Tyler Thornburg (MIL), Hunter Morris (MIL), Travis d'Arnaud (NYM), Zack Wheeler (NYM), Wilmer Flores* (NYM), Grant Green (OAK), Michael Taylor (OAK), Michael Choice (OAK), Sonny Gray (OAK), Robbie Erlin (SD), Danny Hultzen (SEA), Nick Franklin* (SEA), Taijuan Walker* (SEA), James Paxton* (SEA), Vinnie Catricala (SEA), Gary Brown (SF), Mike Kickham (SF), Oscar Taveras (STL), Michael Wacha (STL), Kolten Wong (STL), Mike Olt (TEX), Jurickson Profar (TEX), Engel Beltre (TEX), Justin Grimm (TEX)
International League: Sean Gilmartin (ATL), Jonathan Schoop (BAL), Allen Webster (BOS), Mauro Gomez (BOS), Ryan Lavarnway (BOS), Bryce Brentz (BOS), Simon Castro (CHW), Jared Mitchell (CHW), Carlos Sanchez (CHW), Billy Hamilton (CIN), Tony Cingrani (CIN), Daniel Corcino (CIN), Trevor Bauer (CLE), Nick Castellanos (DET), Bruce Rondon (DET), Oswaldo Arcia (MIN), Kyle Gibson (MIN), Brett Marshall (NYY), Dellin Betances (NYY), Tommy Joseph (PHI), Cody Asche (PHI), Jonathan Pettibone (PHI), Darin Ruf (PHI), Ethan Martin (PHI), Tony Sanchez (PIT), Gerrit Cole (PIT), Kyle MacPherson (PIT), Alex Dickerson* (PIT), Hak-Ju Lee (TAM), Wil Myers (TAM), Chris Archer (TAM), Mike Montgomery (TAM), Jake Odorizzi (TAM), Alex Torres (TAM), Tim Beckham (TAM), Alex Colome (TAM)
Eastern League: Dylan Bundy (BAL), Kevin Gausman (BAL), Xander Bogaerts (BOS), Matt Barnes (BOS), Brandon Workman (BOS), Drake Britton (BOS), Anthony Ranaudo (BOS), Garin Cecchini* (BOS), Jesus Aguilar (CLE), Ronny Rodriguez (CLE), James McCann (DET), Danny Santana (MIN), Alex Meyer (MIN), Trevor May (MIN), Rafael Montero* (NYM), Manny Banuelos*** (NYY), Tyler Austin (NYY), Slade Heathcott (NYY), Jesse Biddle (PHI), Adam Morgan (PHI), Sebastian Valle (PHI), Jameson Taillon (PHI), Joe Panik (SF), Sean Nolin (TOR), John Stilson (TOR), Marcus Stroman** (TOR), Matt Skole (WAS), Anthony Rendon (WAS), Brian Goodwin (WAS), Nate Karns (WAS)
Southern League: Chris Owings* (ARI), David Holmberg* (ARI), Nick Ahmed* (ARI), Christian Bethancourt (ATL), J.R. Graham (ATL), Alex Wood (ATL), Christian Villanueva (CHC), Matt Szczur (CHC), Arismendy Alcantara* (CHC), Trayce Thompson (CHW), Zach Lee (LAD), Yasiel Puig (LAD), Jake Marisnick*** (MIA), Zack Cox (MIA), Marcell Ozuna (MIA), Jake Realmuto (MIA), Christian Yelich* (MIA), Derek Dietrich* (MIA), Taylor Jungmann* (MIL), Jimmy Nelson (MIL), Brad Miller (SEA), Francisco Martinez (SEA), Mike Zunino*(SEA), Stefan Romero* (SEA), Enny Romero (TAM), Mikie Mahtook (TAM)
Texas League: Kyle Parker (COL), Chad Bettis (COL), Tyler Matzek (COL), Nolan Fontana (HOU), George Springer (HOU), Nick Tropeano (HOU), Carlos Perez* (HOU),Yordano Ventura (KC), Orlando Calixte (KC), Jason Adam (KC), Nick Maronde (LAA), C.J. Cron (LAA), Kaleb Cowart (LAA), Taylor Lindsey (LAA), Miles Head (OAK), Nolan Sanburn* (OAK), Rymer Liriano (SD), Adys Portillo (SD), Carlos Martinez* (STL), Cody Buckel (TEX), Roman Mendez (TEX)
California League: Andrew Chafin (ARI), Archie Bradley (ARI), Will Swanner (COL), Trevor Story (COL), Tyler Anderson (COL), Delino DeShields (HOU), Mike Foltynewicz (HOU), Max Stassi* (HOU), Austin Wood* (LAA), O'Koyea Dickson (LAD), Onelki Garcia (LAD), Addison Russell (OAK), Austin Hedges (SD), Matt Wisler (SD), Jace Peterson (SD), Cory Spangenberg (SD), Marcus Littlewood (SEA), Kyle Crick (SF), Clayton Blackburn (SF), Angel Villalona (SF)
Carolina League: Nicky Delmonico* (BAL), Christian Walker* (BAL), Eduardo Rodriguez* (BAL), Deven Marrero (BOS), Henry Owens (BOS), Blake Swihart (BOS), Courtney Hawkins (CHW), Erik Johnson (CHW)*, Keenyn Walker (CHW)*, Tony Wolters (CLE), Francisco Lindor (CLE), Tyler Naquin* (CLE), Cheslor Cuthbert (KC), Jorge Bonifacio (KC), Kyle Zimmer (KC), John Lamb (KC), Sam Selman (KC), Gabriel Lino* (PHI), Rougned Odor (TEX), Luis Sardinas (TEX), Luke Jackson (TEX), A.J. Cole (WAS)
Florida State League: Javier Baez (CHC), Jorge Soler (CHC), Jose Urena* (MIA), Adam Conley* (MIA), Justin Nicolino (MIA), Miguel Sano (MIN), Eddie Rosario (MIN), Noah Syndergaard (NYM), Gary Sanchez (NYY), Angelo Gumbs (NYY), Mason Williams (NYY), Maikel Franco (PHI), Alen Hanson* (PIT), Gregory Polanco* (PIT), Barrett Barnes* (PIT), James Ramsey* (STL), Richie Shaffer (TAM), Drew Vettleson (TAM), Ryan Brett** (TAM), Aaron Sanchez (TOR)
Midwest League: Brandon Drury (ARI), Dan Vogelbach (CHC), Gioskar Amaya (CHC), Jeimer Candelario (CHC), Pierce Johnson (CHC), Ismael Guillon (CIN), Robert Stephenson (CIN), Jesse Winker (CIN), Jake Thompson (DET), Austin Schotts (DET), Carlos Correa (HOU), RIo Ruiz* (HOU), Lance McCullers* (HOU), Mike Clevinger* (LAA), Corey Seager (LAD), Clint Coulter (MIL), Max Kepler*** (MIN), Travis Harrison (MIN), Byron Buxton (MIN), Daniel Robertson (OAK), Chris Bostick (OAK), Matt Olson (OAK), Renato Nunez (OAK), Michael Ynoa (OAK), Max Fried (SD), Joe Ross (SD), Walker Weickel (SD), Victor Sanchez* (SEA), Patrick Wisdom (STL), Tyrell Jenkins (STL), Patrick Leonard (TAM), Taylor Guerrieri (TAM), Tyler Goeddel (TAM), Matt Smoral (TOR), Roberto Osuna (TOR), Daniel Norris (TOR)
South Atlantic League: Jose Peraza (ATL), Dorssys Paulino (CLE), David Dahl (COL), Eddie Butler (COL), Adalberto Mondesi (KC), Bubba Starling (KC), Miguel Almonte (KC), Kevin Plawecki (NYM), Brandon Nimmo (NYM), Jose Campos (NYY), Ty Hensley*** (NYY), Roman Quinn (PHI), Clay Holmes* (PIT), Luis Heredia* (PIT), Chris Stratton (SF), Ronald Guzman*** (TEX), Jorge Alfaro (TEX), Joey Gallo (TEX), Lewis Brinson (TEX), Nomar Mazara (TEX)
Extended Spring Training
Stryker Trahan (ARI), Lucas Sims* (ATL), Mauricio Cabrera* (ATL), Albert Almora* (CHC), Juan Paniagua* (CHC), Keon Barnum* (CHW), Nick Travieso (CIN), Mitch Brown* (CLE),Telvin Nash*(HOU), Victor Roache* (MIL), Jose Berrios* (MIN), Gavin Cecchini (NYM), Josh Bell* (PIT), Luiz Gohara* (SEA), D.J. Davis* (TOR), Alberto Tirado* (TOR), Matt Purke (WAS), Lucas Giolito*** (WAS)
A special thanks to J.P (@jaypers413), who was retweeting any of the press release announcements from the minor league clubs as he found them, and also to the following people on Twitter: Andrew Baggarly, Adam Kilgore, Adam Rubin, Alex Pavlovic, Amanda Comak, Brian T. Smith, Dylan O. Hernandez, Geoff Baker, Josh Norris, Mark Zuckerman, Mike DiGiovanna, Paul Hoynes, Scott Lucas, Steve Melewski, and Toby Hyde.