MLB Playoffs 2012: Players Ready to Break out in the Postseason

Eric EdelmanCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2012

Miguel Cabrera, one of a list of players that will look to have big postseason production.
Miguel Cabrera, one of a list of players that will look to have big postseason production.Jason Miller/Getty Images

With the MLB Playoffs now underway, teams need big-time effort from their best players if they want to survive October. Here are some of the league's best players to watch as they look to carry their teams toward a World Series victory.


Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

The 19-year old rookie phenom has been nothing short of incredible for a Nationals team that has gone from laughing-stock to contender in just one season. Harper's combination of power and speed makes him a formidable hitter, and for a Nationals team that finds themselves poised to win it all, they need him to have the same regular season success in the playoffs. Although he struggled in Game One against the Cardinals, look for him to bounce-back in a big way today in Game Two.

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

After being the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski, Miguel Cabrera will look to have the same monstrous output in October as he's had all season. Cabrera is a nightmare for opposing pitchers, and if he has a huge postseason, he'll undoubtedly carry the Tigers deep into the playoffs. For the Tigers to be victorious, they'll need nothing short of an MVP-like postseason out of Miggy.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Within a Yankees lineup that has had a lot of success with the long ball, Cano's performance this season has been a big part of it. He's a smart hitter with tremendous power, and the Yanks will need him to be solid in the post season. He had a huge 2 RBI double in the ninth inning of Game One against the Orioles, and if he continues to help the Yankees score runs, they'll be tough to stop. 

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

After losing Melky Cabrera for the rest of the season following a failed drug test, Buster Posey has stepped up for a Giants team desperately needing a big push toward the end of the season. The Giants were demolished in Game One against the Reds, but hopefully Posey along with the rest of their roster will have success if they're to bounce back and not let the series get away from them.