While there will be plenty of mourning today, fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot to be excited about.
The 2013 Pirates, who had no expectations coming into the year, took the powerful St. Louis Cardinals to five games in the National League Division Series and were within two runs heading into the eighth inning.
This team won 94 games, fourth most in the National League this year and two more than the Los Angeles Dodgers. I don't say that to rub salt in the wound, but to point out just how great a season this was in Pittsburgh.
More importantly, things are only going to get better heading into 2014. Even with some roster turnover, most of the core will stay intact, a full season of Gerrit Cole will make the rotation better and a few new faces from a loaded farm system will make their much-anticipated debuts.
So before we put the final nail in the Pirates' season, let's look at the prospects to watch next spring who will get the call to The Show at some point in 2014.
Note: All stats via MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.