Feb. 19, 2009


Southern & Texas Southern Set Pace in SWAC


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 SWAC (five out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Southern and Texas Southern


The top three starting pitchers are: Chris Mills, Mississippi Valley State; Josh Froneberger, Jackson State; Sherrard Brooks, Southern


The top closer is: Justin Moring, Arkansas-Pine Bluff


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Josh Froneberger, Jackson State


The most underrated pitcher is: Darryl Jordan, Alcorn State


The best defensive catcher is: Michael Thomas, Southern


The best catcher arm is: Michael Thomas, Southern*


The best defensive infielder is: Myrio Richard, Prairie View A&M


The best defensive outfielder is: Deshaun Dilworth, Texas Southern


The three best pure hitters are: Earnest Rhone Jr., Texas Southern; Myrio Richard, Prairie View A&M; Frazier Hall, Southern


The three biggest power threats are: Myrio Richard, Prairie View A&M; Darrion Pedro, Alabama State; Jabari Graham, Alcorn State


The hitter you least want to face is: Myrio Richard, Prairie View A&M


The most underrated hitter is: Brent Smith, Grambling State


The best base-runner is: Cortez Cole, Jackson State


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: ASU Baseball Park, Alcorn State


The best game coach is: Omar Johnson, Jackson State


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