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AJ Burnett's Breakout Year: 2010

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 25, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Jason KimCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2010

A.J. Burnett's recently been known for pitching in a 3 man rotation with the Yankees to win his 2nd World Series Ring. He has had some excellent years, such as '02, '05, '07, '08, and '09. He signed with the Yankees in 2009 after recording 18 wins for the Jays in '08. Even though he had an ERA of around 4.00 and 13 wins, he can do better. Scouts say that his stuff on the mound's so good and nasty, that he has a chance of throwing a No-Hitter every time he starts. 

Even at age 33, he doesn't seem to be breaking down.

This year will be the year he will be remembered for in his career.

With strong offense with Jeter, A-Rod, Teixiera, and many more, along with strong defense, he will have his long awaited breakout year, when he is dominant. I mean DOMINANT. Belonging in with the names of Halladay, Sabathia, Lee (you know the rest). Because he has some back up with Vasquez in the #4 spot in the rotation, he doesn't have to be pressured every time to get a win. Last year, only Sabathia was the dependable choice along with Burnett, because they didn't know what to expect from Pettitte and Chamberlain.

This will be HIS year.

Expect him to compete for the AL Cy Young Award. 

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