Last season, it was the Cardinals’ David Freese who came out of the woodwork and emerged as a postseason star, but who will break out this year isn’t as clear just yet.
In 2011, Freese hit a whopping .397 in 18 playoff games with five home runs, 21 RBI and 12 runs scored. Oh, and he was also a major piece in the St. Louis Cardinals’ run towards a World Series title, winning the NLCS and World Series MVPs.
This year, Freese has become a household name and is back in the postseason looking to replicate his October success.
But who, like Freese did, will come up big in key situations as the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals and the aforementioned Cardinals attempt to bring home the most prized possession in baseball?
Here’s a look at a lesser-known player from each playoff team who could be a hero in 2012.