Even though prospects such as Billy Hamilton, Nick Castellanos and Kolten Wong earned spots on their teams' Opening Day rosters, a majority of the game's top-ranked young players are expected to debut in the major leagues as the season unfolds.
In most cases, prospects cut from major league camp this spring were guys lacking significant professional experience or a clear path to consistent playing time in the major leagues.
Specifically, top-ranked prospects Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez and Archie Bradley will begin the season in Triple-A, while fast-rising shortstops Addison Russell and Francisco Lindor are likely ticketed for Double-A.
But when can we expect this collection of future stars to start arriving in the major leagues?
To determine the estimated time of arrival for the aforementioned prospects, I looked each player's highest level of experience (ignoring players who have yet to reach Double-A) and service-time situation, while also taking into consideration their respective organization's potential needs at the highest level headed into the season.
With that being said, here are the projected 2014 ETAs for baseball's five most MLB-ready prospects.