Feb. 17, 2009


Monmouth is Team to Beat in Northeast 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 Northeast Conference (four out of eight coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Monmouth


The top three starting pitchers are: Ryan Buch, Monmouth* (pictured right); Kyle Morrison, Wagner*; Chris Gloor, Quinnipiac; James Jones, Long Island


The top closer is: Andrew Huebner, Wagner*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Ryan Buch, Monmouth


The most underrated pitcher is: Ken Kerski, Central Connecticut


The best defensive catcher is: Sean Parker, Central Connecticut


The best catcher arm is: Michael Marmo, Quinnipiac


The best defensive infielder is: Ryan Terry, Monmouth


The best defensive outfielder is: James Jones, Long Island


The three best pure hitters are: Ryan Terry, Monmouth*; Vin Avella, Wagner; Jeff Hanson, Sacred Heart


The three biggest power threats are: Jeff Hanson, Sacred Heart; Nick Pulsonetti, Monmouth; Vin Avella, Wagner


The hitter you least want to face is: No hitter received more than one vote


The most underrated hitter is: Pat Epps, Central Connecticut


The best base-runner is: Damian Csakai, Wagner


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Mount St. Mary’s


The best game coach is: Joe Litterio, Wagner


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Chuck Ristano, Monmouth


* - unanimous selection 

(photo courtesy of Monmouth Media Relations Office)