Feb. 16, 2008


Kent State is king in Mid-American Conference


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 Mid-American (10 out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Kent State


The three top starting pitchers are: Chris Carpenter (Kent State), Ethan Hollingsworth (Western Michigan), Dan Taylor (Central Michigan)


The top closer is: Matt Shoemaker (Eastern Michigan)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Chris Carpenter (Kent State)


The most underrated pitcher is: Billy Morrison (Western Michigan)/Kyle Smith (Kent State)


The best defensive catcher is: Josh Hula (Miami)


The best three pure hitters are: Tyler Stovall (Central Michigan)*, Marc Krauss (Ohio), Steve Bradshaw (Eastern Michigan)


The biggest three power threats are: Anthony Gallas (Kent State)*, Kurt Davidson (Akron), Drew Hoisington (Toledo)


The hitter you least want to face is: Tyler Stovall (Central Michigan)


The most underrated hitter is: Drew Hoisington (Toledo)/Matt Stiffler (Ohio)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Miami (Ohio)


*unanimous selection