We've all seen what a team can do when they have a plethora of great young players mature at around the same time. The Reds were no exception to this.
However, what is interesting to me is when teams do it because of several consecutive years of futility and corresponding high draft choices. The Rays were the first example, with top picks BJ Upton, Evan Longoria, Delmon Young, Jeff Nieman, and David Price. The Royals are now stacked to the brim with the likes of Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, and several others.
What is interesting (and relevant to the Reds) is that the next team to follow in this course may be the Pirates. With young, high upside arms like Luis Heredia, Jameson Tallion and Stetson Allie, Tony Sanchez behind the plate, and the possibility of Pedro Alvarez and Anthony Rendon manning the corners of the infield, the Pirates could field a nice young foundation for the next 5-7 years (the pitchers especially are at least 2-3 years away from the majors). Of course a lot can happen to any of these guys between now and then. But if these players materialize as they are projected, and they can retain Andrew McCutcheon and Jose Tabata, which is a large if given their recent history, the Pirates could emerge from baseball purgatory like the Rays and potentially the Royals do/did before them, although it likely won't be for the next 2-3 years at least. Thoughts?