Feb. 17, 2009

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LSU is Team to Beat in Southeastern 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 SEC (nine out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is:  LSU


The top three starting pitchers are: Mike Minor, Vanderbilt; Trevor Holder, Georgia; Bryan Morgado, Tennessee


The top closer is: Scott Bittle, Ole Miss*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Scott Bittle, Ole Miss


The most underrated pitcher is: Sam Dyson, South Carolina


The best defensive catcher is: Brett Basham, Ole Miss; and Micah Gibbs, LSU


The best catcher arm is: Brett Basham, Ole Miss


The best defensive infielder is: D.J. LeMahieu, LSU (pictured right)


The best defensive outfielder is: Kentrail Davis, Tennessee


The three best pure hitters are: Blake Dean, LSU; Kentrail Davis, Tennessee; Josh Rutledge, Alabama


The three biggest power threats are: Hunter Morris, Auburn; Blake Dean, LSU; Rich Poythress, Georgia


The hitter you least want to face is: Blake Dean, LSU


The most underrated hitter is: Josh Adams, Florida; and Rich Poythress, Georgia


The best base-runner is: Avery Barnes, Florida; Matt den Dekker, Florida; Josh Rutledge, Alabama


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Baum Stadium, Arkansas


The best game coach is: Ray Tanner, South Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Todd Butler, Arkansas


* - unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of LSU Media Relations Office)