Feb. 5, 2009


Army Leads the Pack in Patriot League


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 Patriot League (six out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Army*


The top three starting pitchers are: Matt Fouch, Army (pictured right); Greg Angelo, Lehigh; Matt Shapiro, Holy Cross


The top closer is: J.D. Melton, Navy


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Matt Fouch, Army


The most underrated pitcher is: Ben Koenigsfeld, Army


The best defensive catcher is: Steven Soares, Navy


The best catcher arm is: Steven Soares, Navy


The best defensive infielder is: Clint Moore, Army


The best defensive outfielder is: No outfielder received more than one vote


The three best pure hitters are: Clint Moore, Army*; Michael Speciale, Navy; Kevin McKague, Army


The three biggest power threats are: Michael Speciale, Navy* (pictured left); Clint Moore, Army; Brendan McGaheran, Lehigh


The hitter you least want to face is: Michael Speciale, Navy


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


The best base-runner is: Clint Moore, Army


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Fitton Field, Holy Cross


The best game coach is: Gene Depew, Bucknell


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


(photos courtesy of Army and Navy Media Relations Office)