When the 2011 baseball season came to an end, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves sitting 11.5 games behind the first place Arizona Diamondbacks with a record of 82 wins and 79 losses. They were essentially a .500 team and finished third in the NL East.
Needless to say, they did not make the postseason.
There are many reasons to remain optimistic about this Dodger ball club, though. First and foremost being the fact that they are young and talented. Sure, the ownership issue has not yet been finalized. That argument is neither here nor there, a fight for another day.
Today, the important thing is to look at the team that will be taking the field at the start of the 2012 campaign. There are several players who a primed and ready for a great season. Hopefully all of these players hit their strides early and often.
For now, here is a list of the 10 players that you will likely see have a big impact in 2012.