Feb. 16, 2009

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Fresno State is Favorite in Western Athletic 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 Western Athletic Conference (six out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Fresno State


The top three starting pitchers are: Jared Alexander, Hawaii; Holden Sprague, Fresno State; Max Peterson, San Jose State; Scott Sobczak, San Jose State


The top closer is: Anthony Vega, San Jose State


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Jared Alexander, Hawaii


The most underrated pitcher is: Scott Sobczak, San Jose State


The best defensive catcher is: Landon Hernandez, Hawaii


The best catcher arm is: Landon Hernandez, Hawaii


The best defensive infielder is: Tom Mendonca, Fresno State


The best defensive outfielder is: Steve Detwiler, Fresno State; and Tim Wheeler, Sacramento State


The three best pure hitters are: Alan Ahmady, Fresno State; Tom Mendonca, Fresno State (pictured right); Shaun Kort, Nevada


The three biggest power threats are: Tom Mendonca, Fresno State*; Chris Auten, New Mexico State; Alan Ahmady, Fresno State


The hitter you least want to face is: Alan Ahmady, Fresno State


The most underrated hitter is: Danny Muno, Fresno State


The best base-runner is: Richard Stout, New Mexico State*


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Les Murakami Stadium, Hawaii*


The best game coach is: Mike Batesole, Fresno State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Matt Curtis, Fresno State


* - unanimous selection 

(photo courtesy of Fresno State Media Relations Office)