Feb. 9, 2009

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Kennesaw State is King in Atlantic Sun Conference


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 Sun (nine out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Kennesaw State


The top three starting pitchers are: Kyle Heckathorn, Kennesaw State (pictured left); Rex Brothers, Lipscomb; Chad Jenkins, Kennesaw State


The top closer is: Jimmy Stanley, Belmont


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Kyle Heckathorn, Kennesaw State


The most underrated pitcher is: Brandon McClurg, Lipscomb


The best defensive catcher is: Jeremy Gillan, Jacksonville


The best catcher arm is: Jeremy Gillan, Jacksonville; and Casey Stuart, Mercer


The best defensive infielder is: Casey Frawley, Stetson


The best defensive outfielder is: Allen Bolden, Lipscomb; Jacob Robbins, Kennesaw State; Nate Woods, Belmont


The three best pure hitters are: Jeremy Cruz, Stetson* (pictured right); Jeremy Gillan, Jacksonville; Robert Crews, Stetson


The three biggest power threats are: Jeremy Cruz, Stetson*; Derek Wiley, Belmont; Robert Crews, Stetson


The hitter you least want to face is: Jeremy Cruz, Stetson


The most underrated hitter is: Jacob Robbins, Kennesaw State


The best base-runner is: Jacob Robbins, Kennesaw State


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Melching Field at Conrad Park, Stetson


The best game coach is: Dusty Rhodes, UNF


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mitch Markham, Stetson


* - unanimous selection


(photos courtesy of Kennesaw State and Stetson Media Relations Office)