MLB New York Yankees: 5 Players to Be Excited About in 2012

Anthony PrestanoContributor IIIDecember 5, 2011

MLB New York Yankees: 5 Players to Be Excited About in 2012

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    After a disappointing end to last season, there are many things to be excited for next year.

    Last season was filled with ups and downs. From the injury of Alex Rodriguez and the decline of Jorge Posada, to the MVP-caliber seasons of Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. Derek Jeter had a bounce-back year as well, as he collected his 3,000th hit. 

    It's almost 2012, and plenty of new things lie ahead. Here a few players to look forward to this season for the Bronx Bombers.

Ivan Nova

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    The American League Rookie-of-the-Year-snub for the Yankees improved drastically from 2010 to 2011. He posted stellar numbers last season, making a solid bid for the Yankees' No. 2 starter in the rotation. 

    However, that will most likely change due to their need of pitching and will most likely acquire a star this offseason. Nova's progression from last year to this year was incredible, and I expect much of the same in 2012. He will have another exciting campaign and be a huge help to the Bombers in their "Chase for 28" this season.

Brett Gardner

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    A speed demon on the bases, an animal in the field and a dynamic hitter at the plate. Brett Gardner is a triple-threat, and the amazing thing is that he's 28 years old. The age that Ichiro played his first season for the Marniers. 

    Gardner has incredible speed and an exceptional arm, and the plus for the Yankees in 2011 was that he showed he can hit. Gardner greatly improved his average this season after a tons of work with Kevin Long. Hes proven that he can do it all, and I think he will continue to do so in 2012.

Mark Teixeira

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    Mark Teixeira had in my opinion a very poor year in 2011. Although he hit over 35 home runs and drove in over 100 runs, his average was sitting at a low .240 for most of the season. Unexceptable.  

    He's proven he's capable of producing for the Yankees by consistently putting up high numbers in the home run and RBI catergory, but most games would be a weak 1-4 showing. He needs to improve this season if the Yankees have hopes of wrapping up the AL East again, and I think he will. Nobody is tougher then himself then anyone else, and he will push himself to have a much better season this year.

Jesus Montero

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    Jesus Montero is one of the most exciting players on this Yankee team, and he's extremley valubale. So valubale that big time players such as Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke have been tossed around in trade ideas for Montero and other top class prospect from the Yankees.

    Brian Cashman has stood his ground and kept Montero on a short leash, but I have a feeling a big offer will come up that Cashman can't refuse, and he'll pull the trigger. Montero hit over .300 with six home runs in only 34 games for the Yankees. Incredible. 

    He will be an extremly feared player at the plate next season.

Robinson Cano

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    The best all-around player on the Yankees by far has got to be Cano. He's young, a leader, an exceptional fielder and an outstanding hitter. He has such a great arm, I think the Yankees should move him to shortstop when Derek Jeter retires. He can make any play from second base with ease. 

    Another MVP-like showing in 2011, Cano is the real deal. He could be the next Jeter for this franchise, and I think he is already molding into the role. The combination of him and Granderson, could be the best infield-outfield duo in Major League Baseball.