Feb. 4, 2009

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Charlotte is Choice in Atlantic 10


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2009 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 Atlantic 10 (10 out of 14 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Charlotte*


The top three starting pitchers are: Joe Yermal, Charlotte; Nick Greenwood, Rhode Island; Scott Turmail, Saint Louis; Danny Rosenbaum, Xavier


The top closer is: Jordan Conley, Xavier (pictured left)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Jordan Conley, Xavier


The most underrated pitcher is: Quinn Haselhorst, Dayton; Matt Mongiardini, Temple; Randy Mower, Saint Joseph’s


The best defensive catcher is: Billy O’Conner, Xavier


The best catcher arm is: Brandon Salerno, St. Bonaventure


The best defensive infielder is: Aaron Bray, Charlotte


The best defensive outfielder is: Byron McKoy, Temple


The three best pure hitters are: Rob Lyerly, Charlotte*; Corey Shaylor, Charlotte; Tim Reeves, George Washington


The three biggest power threats are: Rob Lyerly, Charlotte (pictured right); Billy Barber, Richmond; Marshall MacDonald, Dayton


The hitter you least want to face is: Rob Lyerly, Charlotte


The most underrated hitter is: Anthony Randich, St. Bonaventure


The best base-runner is: Sean Barksdale, Temple


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Tom and Lib Phillips Field at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium, Charlotte


The best game coach is: Jim Foster, Rhode Island


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Bo Durkac, Charlotte; J.D. Heilmann, Xavier; Todd Linklater, Dayton


(photos courtesy of Xavier and Charlotte Media Relations Office)