San Francisco Giants: 5 Giants Who Need a Huge Bounce-Back Year in 2012

Scott RussellContributor IIFebruary 12, 2012

San Francisco Giants: 5 Giants Who Need a Huge Bounce-Back Year in 2012

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    Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez will return from injures in 2012, while Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera will join the team from New York and Kansas City respectively.

    These additions should provide a boost to the top of the Giants batting order in 2012.

    Bruce Bochy has been given the pieces of a winning ball club and it now becomes the players task to perform and succeed under Bochy's recipe.

    Here are five Giants that need to bounce-back in 2012 in order for the team to be successful.

Aubrey Huff

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    Aubrey Huff had a rough 2011 to say the least.

    Whether the main problem was mental or physical, Huff needs to play better in 2012 to keep his job.

    Brandon Belt and Brett Pill are both waiting in the background should Huff falter this season.

    Perhaps the competition mixed with the fact that it is a contract-year for Aubrey can help him get back to leading the team offensively, something he did in 2010.

    Huff needs to bounce-back in 2012.

Buster Posey

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    Fans and ownership are likely to hold their breath when Buster Posey steps onto the field in 2012.

    Posey never doubted that he would be the Giants catcher again. 

    The resiliency he has shown through it all has been admirable.

    Buster Posey having a bounce-back season is pivotal to the success of the Giants this season.

Brandon Belt

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    Brandon Belt is a prime candidate to bounce-back for the Giants in 2012.

    Belt never settled into a role for the club a season ago.

    In addition to making several trips to the minors, Belt was sent to disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist in June, shortly after being recalled to the big league level.

    Belt can become the source of run production that the Giants were missing in 2011 if he can put last season behind him and swing the bat with confidence.

Brandon Crawford

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    Brandon Crawford will start the season as the Giants shortstop after compiling a .204 batting average in 2011.

    Crawford's defense is a strength, but he needs to hit the ball better to prove that he is a solid option for the future.

    Crawford has displayed pop and having a left-handed hitting shortstop is a definite luxury.

    Look for Brandon Crawford to swing a much better bat this season after having difficulty adjusting to major league pitching in 2011.

Brian Wilson

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    Will Brian Willson be able to bounce-back from an elbow injury which ended his 2011 season?

    The Giants sure need him to.