New York Yankees: 5 Players Who Could Surprise Us All in 2012

March 2, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

The Yankees had a very solid season in 2011, despite being bounced in the first round of the postseason by the Tigers.

Prior to the season, the team had a well-documented number of question marks with the starting rotation.

To fix those problems, GM Brian Cashman took a big leap of faith and signed both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia.

Both of the veterans surprised the entire baseball world by pitching very well as regular contributors of the staff.

In the bullpen, the Yankees also benefited from surprise seasons from Cory Wade, Luis Ayala and All-Star David Robertson. Each made solid contributions to the bullpen, with the biggest coming from Robertson.

Even though a few of the Yankees regulars put together relatively down seasons (Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner), one man emerged and carried the lineup over the course of the season.

Curtis Granderson was arguably the biggest surprise in baseball in 2011, as nobody could have foreseen him belting 41 home runs, driving in 119 runs and scoring an absurd 136 runs.

His MVP caliber season was much appreciated by the Yankees, and they would love for him to have similar successes in 2012.

There are new surprises in store every season, which is what makes the game of baseball so great. Not all of the players on this list are guys coming off down-seasons, mind you.

The players documented are ones that could surprise us in any way possible.

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