Feb. 22, 2008


Prairie View A&M is pick in SWAC


click here for SWAC 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 SWAC (three out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Prairie View A&M


The three top starting pitchers are: Wrandal Taylor (Prairie View A&M), Jarrett Maloy (Southern), Scott Reid (Mississippi Valley State)


The top closer is: Josh Lara (Prairie View A&M)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Kevin Collins (Alabama A&M)


The most underrated pitcher is: No pitcher received more than one vote.


The best defensive catcher is: Michael Thomas (Southern)


The best three pure hitters are: Sean Bard (Mississippi Valley State), Willie Mays (Mississippi Valley State), Brandon Pearce (Alcorn State)


The biggest three power threats are: Calvin Anderson (Southern), Sean Bard (Mississippi Valley State), Willie Mays (Mississippi Valley State)


The hitter you least want to face is: Sean Bard (Mississippi Valley State)


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


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Alabama State


*unanimous selection