Feb. 20, 2009

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Texas A&M is Strong Favorite in Big 12


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 Big 12 (eight out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Texas A&M*


The top three starting pitchers are: Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma State; Kyle Gibson, Missouri; Chance Ruffin, Texas


The top closer is: Travis Starling, Texas A&M


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma State


The most underrated pitcher is: Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State


The best defensive catcher is: Trevor Coleman, Missouri


The best catcher arm is: Preston Clark, Texas; and Cameron Rupp, Texas


The best defensive infielder is: Raynor Campbell, Baylor; and Shaver Hansen, Baylor


The best defensive outfielder is: Kyle Colligan, Texas A&M


The three best pure hitters are: Aaron Senne, Missouri; Neil Medchill, Oklahoma State; Russell Moldenhauer, Texas


The three biggest power threats are: Aaron Miller, Baylor; Luke Anders, Texas A&M; Aaron Senne, Missouri


The hitter you least want to face is: Aaron Senne, Missouri


The most underrated hitter is: Aaron Baker, Oklahoma


The best base-runner is: Willie Rueda, Texas Tech


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Olsen Field, Texas A&M


The best game coach is: Augie Garrido, Texas


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mitch Thompson, Baylor


* - unanimous selection