Feb. 20, 2009

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Cal State Fullerton is Team To Beat in Big West 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 Big West (seven out of nine coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Cal State Fullerton


The top three starting pitchers are: Mike Ford, UC Santa Barbara* (pictured left); Daniel Bibona, UC Irvine; Daniel Renken, Cal State Fullerton; Jake Thompson, Long Beach State


The top closer is: Eric Pettis, UC Irvine


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Joe Kelly, UC Riverside


The most underrated pitcher is: Paul Applebee, UC Riverside


The best defensive catcher is: Joe Oliveira, Pacific


The best catcher arm is: Joe Oliveira, Pacific


The best defensive infielder is: Ben Orloff, UC Irvine


The best defensive outfielder is: Josh Fellhauer, Cal State Fullerton


The three best pure hitters are: Josh Fellhauer, Cal State Fullerton; Ty Kelly, UC Davis; Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton


The three biggest power threats are: Jared Clark, Cal State Fullerton*; Francis Larson, UC Irvine; Luke Yoder, Cal Poly


The hitter you least want to face is: Josh Fellhauer, Cal State Fullerton


The most underrated hitter is: Ben Orloff, UC Irvine


The best base-runner is: Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Goodwin Field, Cal State Fullerton


The best game coach is: Mike Gillespie, UC Irvine


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Pat Shine, UC Irvine


* - unanimous selection


(photo courtesy of UCSB Media Relations Office)