Since ownership of the Reds changed hands in 2006, the common belief was always that the Reds were building for a winner in 2011.
Well, apparently no one told the players.
Fueled by young, hungry talents up and down the roster, the 2010 Reds surprised everyone in the baseball community by beating out the reigning Cardinals for the National League Central division crown.
With key pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, and Mike Leake, and sluggers Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Joey Votto all under 27, the Reds are positioned to sustain their 2010 success for at least the next several years.
Additionally, though Cincinnati projects to lose aging players at key positions (Scott Rolen, Bronson Arroyo, Ramon Hernandez) eventually, a core of young talent is waiting in the wings.
Here's a look at the ten Reds prospects we should all be watching in 2011.