Feb. 12, 2009

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Jacksonville State is Top Choice in Ohio Valley 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 OVC (six out of nine coaches participated).


The team to beat is:  Jacksonville State


The top three starting pitchers are: Ben Tootle, Jacksonville State* (pictured left); Josh Mueller, Eastern Illinois; Tyler Kehrer, Eastern Illinois


The top closer is: Alex Jones, Jacksonville State


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Ben Tootle, Jacksonville State


The most underrated pitcher is: Josh Mueller, Eastern Illinois


The best defensive catcher is: Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri*


The best catcher arm is: Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri*


The best defensive infielder is: Drew Lee, Morehead State; and Bert Smith, Jacksonville State


The best defensive outfielder is: Brett Nommenson, Eastern Illinois


The three best pure hitters are: Brett Nommensen, Eastern Illinois (pictured right); Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri; A.J. Kirby-Jones, Tennessee Tech


The three biggest power threats are: Tyrell Cummings, Southeast Missouri*; Matt Wagner, Southeast Missouri; Nick Harris, Southeast Missouri


The hitter you least want to face is: Brett Nommensen, Eastern Illinois


The most underrated hitter is: Tyrell Cummings, Southeast Missouri


The best base-runner is: No base-runner received more than one vote


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Capaha Field, Southeast Missouri


The best game coach is: Jim Case, Jacksonville State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Steve Gillispie, Jacksonville State


* - unanimous selection 

(photos courtesy of JSU and EIU Media Relations Office)