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Each MLB Team's Prospect That Will Become Household Name in 2014
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Addison Russell could emerge as the A's everyday shortstop by the end of the 2014 season.

A prospect usually becomes a household name either by making an impact in the major leagues or exceeding expectations and thriving at multiple minor league levels.

This past season, rookie right-handers Gerrit Cole and Michael Wacha were summoned from the minors during the middle of the season in order to bolster their respective team’s starting rotation before a playoff run. Both pitchers went on to shine in the postseason and will now enter the 2014 season as two of the more highly regarded young arms in the game.

On the other side of the spectrum, Gregory Polanco is an example of a prospect that became household name last season without reaching the major leagues.

Polanco began the 2013 season by posting an .836 OPS with 23 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases at High-A Bradenton, and he received a promotion to Double-A Altoona after only 57 games at the level. The 22-year-old continued to impress in the Eastern League with a .762 OPS and an additional 21 extra-base hits in 68 games. 

The Pirates promoted Polanco once more before the end of the regular season, moving him up to Triple-A Indianapolis in anticipation of the International League playoffs. And after excelling at three advanced levels this past season, Polanco is now on the major league radar heading into the 2014 season. 

Here’s a look at each MLB team’s top prospect that will follow in the footsteps of Cole, Polanco and Wacha and emerge as a household name next year.

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