I know this has been discussed before in various places, but I wanted to raise the issue one more time:
Circa 2007, the Reds had four blue chip prospects awaiting callups: Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto. I, for one, was very excited to see them play -- but I certainly did not expect all four of them to pan out as they have.
As we sit on the verge of the second playoff appearance driven by this talented quartet of players developed in-house, I want to reflect on the rarity of what we have all just seen. Not only did the team have four tip-top prospects (a feat in itself) but ALL of them have to date become above-average contributors to the major league team. It is also worth nothing the following three names on the list -- Stubbs, Mesoraco, Frazier -- are still with the team as well, making positive contributions in some regard.
What are the comparable groups to this historically on the Reds? On other teams? What are their chances of prolonging a window of winning into the current decade?