Predicting the First 10 Minor League Pitchers Who Will Be Promoted to MLB

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Predicting the First 10 Minor League Pitchers Who Will Be Promoted to MLB
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Zack Wheeler could be one of the first pitching prospects to reach the majors this season.

While Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran both won a spot in their teams' starting rotation, the majority of the game’s top pitching prospects are set to open the 2013 season back in the minor leagues.

That being said, the presence of so many great young arms in the upper levels also means that the  upcoming season will feature countless major league debuts. However, just because a top pitching prospect seems ready for the majors doesn’t mean he’ll receive a promotion.

The last thing any organization wants to do is impede the player’s development, so it’s unlikely for a prospect to be called up unless he's guaranteed the necessary innings. Furthermore, a player may be held in the minor leagues for a specific amount of time so as to retain an additional year of team control over his contract.

This year’s prospect class is absolutely loaded with talent. Here’s a look at 10 pitching prospects who should be among the first to arrive in the major leagues during the 2013 season.

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