It was another disappointing postseason for the Cincinnati Reds.
After making the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons, the Reds once again failed to make it out of the opening round, losing 6-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game.
In 2010, the team ended a 15-year postseason drought by winning the NL Central but subsequently dropped three straight games against the Phillies in the NLDS.
In 2012, the Reds, who won 97 games during the regular season, appeared poised for a lengthy playoff run after taking a quick 2-0 lead in the NLDS on the road against the Giants. With one game separating them from an NLCS berth, the Reds unexpectedly lost the next three games at home and were prematurely eliminated from the playoffs—again.
It’s a safe assumption that things will be different in Cincinnati for the 2014 season, because, well, changes are needed.
Although the Reds lack a prospect capable of making an impact out of the gate next year, they do house a few promising young players that could help the team during the second half.
Here’s a look at two Reds prospects that can get the team over the hump next season.