Feb. 3, 2009

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Louisville is Lead Dog in Big 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 Big East (seven out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Louisville*


The top three starting pitchers are: Justin Marks, Louisville*; Sean Black, Seton Hall; Eric Maust, Notre Dame


The top closer is: Jake Geglein, Cincinnati; and Shawn Sanford, USF


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Justin Marks, Louisville


The most underrated pitcher is: Nate Reed, Pittsburgh


The best defensive catcher is: Jeff Arnold, Louisville


The best catcher arm is: Jeff Arnold, Louisville; and Tobias Streich, West Virginia


The best defensive infielder is: Chris Dominguez, Louisville


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


The three best pure hitters are: Chris Dominguez, Louisville (pictured left); A.J. Pollock, Notre Dame; Ryan Lockwood, USF


The three biggest power threats are: Chris Dominguez, Louisville*; Jaren Matthews, Rutgers; Mike Spina, Cincinnati


The hitter you least want to face is: Chris Dominguez, Louisville


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


The best base-runner is: Jamel Scott, Cincinnati


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Jim Patterson Stadium, Louisville


The best game coach is: Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Roger Williams, Louisville


*unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Louisville Media Relations Office)