Feb. 6, 2009

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Kent State is Team to Beat in Mid-American 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 MAC (nine out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Kent State*


The top three starting pitchers are: Kyle Smith, Kent State*; Billy Morrison, Western Michigan; Brad Stillings, Kent State; Brian Stroud, Western Michigan


The top closer is: Andy Deain, Northern Illinois (pictured left)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Jon Pokorny, Kent State


The most underrated pitcher is: Chris Rigo, Ohio


The best defensive catcher is: Justin Behm, Northern Illinois; and Zach Dygert, Ball State


The best catcher arm is: Josh Hula, Miami; and Chris Klimko, Ohio


The best defensive infielder is: Jordan Petraitis, Miami


The best defensive outfielder is: Gauntlett Eldemire, Ohio


The three best pure hitters are: Marc Krauss, Ohio (pictured right); Chris Lewis, Western Michigan; Greg Rohan, Kent State


The three biggest power threats are: Greg Rohan, Kent State; Marc Krauss, Ohio; Anthony Gallas, Kent State


The hitter you least want to face is: Marc Krauss, Ohio


The most underrated hitter is: Ryan Shay, Bowling Green


The best base-runner is: Kyle Rhoad, Eastern Michigan


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: McKie Field at Hayden Park, Miami


The best game coach is: Greg Beals, Ball State; and Danny Schmitz, Bowling Green


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: No assistant coach received more than one vote

(Deain photo courtesy of NIU Media Relations Office)

(Krauss photo by Scott Gardner)