Feb. 3, 2009

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Canisius is King in Metro Atlantic


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 Metro Atlantic (seven out of nine coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Canisius


The top three starting pitchers are: Shane Davis, Canisius* (pictured left); Josh Rickards, Marist; Rob Gariano, Fairfield


The top closer is: James Hayes, Rider


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Shane Davis, Canisius*


The most underrated pitcher is: Josh Rickards, Marist


The best defensive catcher is: Gary DerHagopian, Siena; Sean Olson, Rider; Eric Woodrow, Rider


The best catcher arm is: Sean Olson, Rider


The best defensive infielder is: Alec Cabello, Canisius; and Richard Curylo, Marist


The best defensive outfielder is: Branson Joseph, Canisius


The three best pure hitters are: Kevin Mailloux, Canisius*; Kevin Mahoney, Canisius; Kevin Nieto, Manhattan


The three biggest power threats are: Kevin Mahoney, Canisius* (pictured right); Kevin Mailloux, Canisius*; Sean Olson, Rider


The hitter you least want to face is: Kevin Mahoney, Canisius


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


The best base-runner is: James Hayes, Rider


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: McCann Baseball Field, Marist; and Siena Field


The best game coach is: Kevin Leighton, Manhattan


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Jaime Steward, Rider


(photos courtesy of Canisius Media Relations Office)