The development process in Major League Baseball is different than any other sport, which is why we are so fascinated, and frustrated, by it.
Fans see and hear so much about their favorite team's top prospects that it becomes hard to wait for the player to get brought up to the Show. How do you tell the fan of a team like the Astros that their best prospects wouldn't do better than the MLB roster right now?
There are gulfs that separate the minor league talent at each level, and an ocean dividing the line between Triple-A and MLB, which is why teams often exercise caution when moving their best young players.
You don't want a player to arrive still needing to do work. Players are supposed to show up ready to play, then make adjustments as necessary.
In an effort to help inform you when to expect the very best prospects baseball has to offer, here is how we project the development path for the top 10 minor leaguers and when they will be playing in a town near you.
Player rankings are based on my personal evaluations and preference, and prospects with eligibility who have MLB experience and are likely to start the 2014 season in the big leagues are eligible for the list.