Feb. 2, 2009

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Binghamton is Team to Beat in America East


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 America East Conference (six out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Binghamton


The top three starting pitchers are: Joe Serafin, Vermont* (pictured right); Jeff Dennis, Binghamton*; Chris Greiner, Hartford


The top closer is: Greg Lane, Binghamton*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Joe Serafin, Vermont


The most underrated pitcher is: Weston Szymanski, Hartford


The best defensive catcher is: Justin Echevarria, Stony Brook; and Myckie Lugbauer, Maine


The best catcher arm is: Myckie Lugbauer, Maine


The best defensive infielder is: Kyle Klee, Binghamton


The best defensive outfielder is: Brian Witkowski, Stony Brook


The three best pure hitters are: Brian Witkowski, Stony Brook (pictured left); Brendan Rowland, Albany; Michael Stephan, Stony Brook


The three biggest power threats are: Myckie Lugbauer, Maine; Michael Stephan, Stony Brook; Brendan Rowland, Albany


The hitter you least want to face is: Brian Witkowski, Stony Brook


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


The best base-runner is: Brian Witkowski, Stony Brook


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Hartford Baseball Field


The best game coach is: Matt Senk, Stony Brook; and Tim Sinicki, Binghamton


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Ryan Hurba, Binghamton; and Bob Mumma, UMBC


*unanimous selection

(Serafin photo by Ed Wolfstein)

 (Witkowski photo by Bruce Yeung)