One of the hardest things for a prospect to do is make his team's 25-man roster out of spring training. Whether it's because of service-time issues or no immediate opening, teams are going to be skittish when it comes to trusting young players with a starting job.
Sometimes, though, there are talents too great to hold down in the minors or teams building for the future that want to see what their young studs can do for 162 games.
With spring training rapidly approaching, important decisions have to be made regarding the direction of players and teams. There will probably be a lot more than 10 prospects who are on Opening Day rosters, but these are the surest of sure things.
A lot of these names will be familiar, even to the most casual of prospect watchers, because all of them played in the big leagues in some capacity last season.
Those brief cups of coffee allowed them to get their feet wet. Now is the time to put all their talents on display and lead the next generation of Major League Baseball stars.
Here are the 10 prospects you can lock in to be in the big leagues when the 2014 season begins.