Feb. 12, 2009

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San Diego is Team to Beat in West Coast 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 West Coast Conference (seven out of eight coaches participated).


The team to beat is: San Diego


The top three starting pitchers are: Kyle Blair, San Diego (pictured right); Nathan Newman, Pepperdine; Thain Simon, Santa Clara


The top closer is: A.J. Griffin, San Diego


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Kyle Blair, San Diego


The most underrated pitcher is: Sammy Solis, San Diego


The best defensive catcher is: Tommy Medica, Santa Clara*


The best catcher arm is: Tommy Medica, Santa Clara*


The best defensive infielder is: Jon Karcich, Santa Clara


The best defensive outfielder is: Angelo Songco, Loyola Marymount


The three best pure hitters are: James Meador, San Diego; Kyle Jensen, Saint Mary’s; Tommy Medica, Santa Clara


The three biggest power threats are: Kyle Jensen, Saint Mary’s (pictured left); Angelo Songco, Loyola Marymount; Victor Sanchez, San Diego


The hitter you least want to face is: Kyle Jensen, Saint Mary’s


The most underrated hitter is: Jon Karcich, Santa Clara


The best base-runner is: Bryce Mendonca, Pepperdine


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Stephen Schott Stadium, Santa Clara


The best game coach is: Rich Hill, San Diego


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Eric Valenzuela, San Diego


* - unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of San Diego and Saint Mary's Media Relations Office)