Feb. 19, 2008


The eyes will be on Texas in Big 12


click here for Big 12 preseason feature


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2008 college baseball season by sharing their insights on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide a sneak peek for the season ahead. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at the Big 12 (six out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Texas


The three top starting pitchers are: Aaron Crow (Missouri)* (pictured right), Kendal Volz (Baylor), Austin Wood (Texas)


The top closer is: Nick Cassavechia (Baylor)/Daniel Edwards (Kansas State)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Aaron Crow (Missouri)


The most underrated pitcher is: Kirkland Rivers (Texas A&M)


The best defensive catcher is: Preston Clark (Texas)


The best three pure hitters are: Blake Stouffer (Texas A&M), Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech), Byron Wiley (Kansas State) (pictured right)


The biggest three power threats are: Kyle Russell (Texas)*, Rebel Ridling (Oklahoma State), Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech)


The hitter you least want to face is: Kyle Russell (Texas)


The most underrated hitter is: No hitter received more than one vote


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Nebraska/Texas A&M


*unanimous selection