Feb. 11, 2009


Michigan Looks Mighty in Big Ten


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 Ten (seven out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Michigan


The top three starting pitchers are: Chris Fetter, Michigan; Matt Bashore, Indiana; Matt Bischoff, Purdue


The top closer is: No closer received more than one vote


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Matt Bashore, Indiana; and Chris Fetter, Michigan


The most underrated pitcher is: Eric Jokisch, Northwestern; and Mike Wanamaker, Penn State


The best defensive catcher is: Josh Phegley, Indiana (pictured right)


The best catcher arm is: Josh Phegley, Indiana


The best defensive infielder is: Brandon Wikoff, Illinois


The best defensive outfielder is: Matt Nohelty, Minnesota*


The three best pure hitters are: Josh Phegley, Indiana; Matt Nohelty, Minnesota; Jake Goebbert, Northwestern


The three biggest power threats are: Josh Phegley, Indiana; Dan Black, Purdue; Jake Goebbert, Northwestern


The hitter you least want to face is: Josh Phegley, Indiana


The most underrated hitter is: Justin Miller, Ohio State


The best base-runner is: Matt Nohelty, Minnesota


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Penn State


The best game coach is: Rich Maloney, Michigan


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Rob Fornasiere, Minnesota


*unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Indiana Media Relations Office)