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It will be several years until most of the 2014 draft picks are ready for the major leagues, but that doesn't mean we can’t get excited about the professional debuts of some of baseball’s brightest young players.

Thanks to an accelerated signing deadline in mid-July that was ushered in in 2012 as part of the new collective bargaining agreement—it used to be mid-August—draft picks are now encouraged to quickly begin their professional careers.

For some prospects, signing early gives them head start on their development as well as the potential to debut in the major leagues ahead of schedule. At the very least, the half-season of experience this summer should improve their chances of receiving aggressive promotion to begin the following season.

Here’s a look at 2014 draft picks who already turned heads in their professional debuts.

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It hasn't even been three weeks since rosters expanded and teams announced their September call-ups, but some of baseball’s top prospects have already made a splash during their short time in the major leagues.

Hitters such as Cory Spangenberg (San Diego Padres), Maikel Franco (Philadelphia Phillies) and Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers) made immediate impacts with their respective teams to begin the month, but all three players have since cooled down and, in some cases, have had their playing time reduced. 

Beyond that, many of the top pitching-prospect call-ups have opened eyes facing big league hitters for the first time.

The 21-year-old left-handers, Daniel Norris (Toronto Blue Jays) and Brandon Finnegan (Kansas City Royals), both have pitched well in the heat of a playoff race, which is remarkable, considering Norris began the season in the High-A Florida State League, while Finnegan took the mound every Friday night for Texas Christian University.

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As we put a final bow on the 2014 minor league season, it is a great time to look at the state of the farm systems.

Many of baseball’s top-ranked preseason prospects debuted in the major leagues this season, with promising young hitters such as Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez, Gregory Polanco, George Springer and Joc Pederson each receiving his first taste of baseball’s highest level.

When it comes to impact prospects such as Taveras, Baez or Springer graduating to the major leagues, there’s inevitably a glaring hole left down on the farm.

But which teams are best prepared to replace their top prospects with a new wave of young talent?

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The minor league season may be over, sadly, but our process of rolling out end-of-season awards is just beginning.

Having already looked at the top prospects at each level by position as well as each team’s biggest disappointment, it’s now time to highlight the stars from each organization.

Because so many players' respective performances resulted in promotions to a higher level during the season—in some cases to the major leagues—we determined that pitchers needed at least 100 innings and hitters 450 plate appearances to qualify for this list, thus eliminating any potential concerns about small sample sizes. Along those same lines, we tried to avoid players who received significant playing time in the major leagues, though exceptions were made in some cases.

With all that being said, here is each team’s Prospect of the Year for 2014.

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And just like that, Giancarlo Stanton’s MVP-caliber season came to a tragic end.

Batting in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against Milwaukee, Stanton was struck flush in the left cheek by an 88 mph fastball from right-hander Mike Fiers. The two-time All-Star fell to the ground immediately, clutching the left side of his helmet as blood streamed off his face.

After lying at home plate motionless—he did kick his foot while writhing in pain—for what seemed like an eternity, Stanton was transported off the field on an ambulance cart and immediately taken to the hospital.

The 24-year-old required stitches for facial lacerations and suffered multiple facial fractures as well as dental damage, per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan on TwitterPassan also noted that Stanton still has a tooth lodged in his cheek and a hole in his lip so big the “doc’s index finger fit in it.”

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With September call-ups out of the way and the minor league playoffs winding down, it’s time to reflect on each organization’s minor league season.

Earlier this week we broke down the season’s top players from each level by position, offering an indirect look at baseball’s best prospects. Today, however, we’re taking a different approach by analyzing each club’s most disappointing prospect from the 2014 season.

To be clear, a prospect that qualifies as a “disappointment,” is one that struggled to live up to his preseason hype—meaning he likely was ranked or touted as one of his team’s better prospects headed into the season—and failed to progress from a developmental standpoint. It's also worth mentioning that labeling a prospect as a “disappointment” based on one season does not mean he’s a bust.

While statistics served as the primary source for determining which players to include in the article, we also considered things such as injuries, park factors and strength of competition.

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It’s been a little over a week since rosters expanded and teams announced their September call-ups, but some of baseball’s top prospects have already made a splash in the major leagues.

So far, Cory Spangenberg of the San Diego Padres has stolen all the headlines after picking up the go-ahead hit in his big league debut and then belting a pinch-hit walk-off home run the next day. Overall, Spangenberg has hit safely in six of his first seven games in the major leagues.

Moving along, Yasiel Puig’s ongoing struggles at the plate have led to semi-regular playing time for outfielder Joc Pederson, and that could continue down the stretch. Meanwhile, third base already looks as though it will be Maikel Franco's (Philadelphia Phillies) to lose in 2015.

Lastly, 21-year-old left-handers Daniel Norris (Toronto Blue Jays) and Brandon Finnegan (Kansas City Royals) recently made their debuts, which is remarkable considering Norris began the season in the High-A Florida State League, while Finnegan took the mound every Friday night for Texas Christian University.

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Kris Bryant was recently named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year, and it would be shocking if the 22-year-old didn't sweep the award across all major outlets.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bryant put up monster numbers in his first full professional season, leading the minor leagues in home runs (43), slugging percentage (.661), OPS (1.098) and wOBA (.472). He also ranked second in runs (118) and fourth in RBI (110). Overall, he batted .325 with a .438 on-base percentage in 594 plate appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.

But despite the video game numbers, the Cubs didn't offer Bryant a September call-up, which would have reunited him with season-long minor league teammates Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler.

The September snub didn't sit well with Bryant, and the 22-year-old made his opinion known to Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com:

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While the playoffs at full-season levels are starting to wrap up, it’s time to start looking back at another great year of minor league baseball. 

After breaking down the hottest and coldest prospects throughout the minors during the season, today we’re going to highlight the top performances at each individual level.

Each hitter’s level was determined based on where he spent most of the year, focusing on guys who played roughly at least half their season—usually at least 50 games—in a specific league. The same goes for pitchers, though their threshold was set at roughly 50 innings rather than games started.

Additionally, I tried to avoid non-September call-ups, as in players who have seen considerable time in the major leagues this season (Oscar Taveras, Gregory Polanco, Marcus Stroman and Mookie Betts, to name a few). Instead, I looked at prospects who have spent most (if not all) of the year in the minors.

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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is down to the final stretch, with contenders battling for playoff positioning and postseason berths. But September also, in some ways, is about next season—as in which young players promoted to The Show this month will be there again at the start of 2015.

Some prospects can use a strong September as a springboard to a starting job—or at least a 25-man roster spot—next spring. Others have a clear path to playing time next year because of their standing in the organization or their team's lack of other options.

While some of this September's young talent will ascend to regular roles during the course of 2015, the focus here is on those who actually could be on Opening Day rosters come next March/April.

What follows is a group of highly regarded prospects listed in order of least to most likely to be in the majors from the very start of 2015.