Feb. 14, 2008


Oral Roberts rules the roost in Summit League


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 Summit League (four out of eight coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Oral Roberts*


The three top starting pitchers are: Jerry Sullivan (Oral Roberts)*, Dakota Robinson (Centenary), Travis Tolsma (Western Illinois)


The top closer is: No pitcher received more than one vote


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Jerry Sullivan (Oral Roberts)


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


The best defensive catcher is: No catcher received more than one vote


The best three pure hitters are: Brendan Duffy (Oral Roberts)*, Brett Pendell (Western Illinois), Kelly Minissale (Oral Roberts)


The biggest three power threats are: Brian Van Kirk (Oral Roberts), Tyson Fisher (South Dakota State), Cameron Nelson (Southern Utah)


The hitter you least want to face is: Brendan Duffy (Oral Roberts)


The most underrated hitter is: Kelly Minissale (Oral Roberts)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Oral Roberts


*unanimous selection