Feb. 10, 2010

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Virginia is team to beat in ACC


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2010 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 ACC (10 out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Virginia


The top three starting pitchers are: Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech; Danny Hultzen, Virginia (pictured right); Sean Gilmartin, Florida State


The top closer is: Kevin Arico, Virginia


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Danny Hultzen, Virginia


The most underrated pitcher is: Pat Dean, Boston College; and Matthew Price, Virginia Tech


The best defensive catcher is: Yasmani Grandal, Miami


The best catcher arm is: Yasmani Grandal, Miami


The best defensive infielder is: Jake Lemmerman, Duke


The best defensive outfielder is: Tyler Holt, Florida State


The three best pure hitters are: Tyler Holt, Florida State (pictured right); Dan Grovatt, Virginia; Austin Wates, Virginia Tech


The three biggest power threats are: Mike McGee, Florida State; Matt Skole, Georgia Tech; Yasmani Grandal, Miami


The hitter you least want to face is: Tyler Holt, Florida State


The most underrated hitter is: Austin Wates, Virginia Tech


The best base-runner is: Tyler Holt, Florida State


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Dick Howser Stadium, Florida State*


The best game coach is: Mike Martin, Florida State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Kevin McMullan, Virginia*


*unanimous selection


(Hultzen photo by Jimmy Jones; Holt photo by Larry Novey, FSU Sports Information)