Feb. 11, 2010

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FGCU is favorite in Atlantic Sun Conference


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 Atlantic Sun Conference (seven out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: FGCU*


The top three starting pitchers are: Chris Sale, FGCU*; Matt Loosen, Jacksonville; Josh Smith, Lipscomb (pictured right)


The top closer is: Chris Kaminski, Jacksonville


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Chris Sale, FGCU*


The most underrated pitcher is: Josh Smith, Lipscomb


The best defensive catcher is: Robert Greene, FGCU


The best catcher arm is: Robert Greene, FGCU; and Nick Rickles, Stetson


The best defensive infielder is: Ellis Lowe, Campbell


The best defensive outfielder is: Dylan Craig, Belmont


The three best pure hitters are: Zach Maxfield, FGCU; Dylan Craig, Belmont; Tim Roberson, FGCU


The three biggest power threats are: Paul Hoilman, ETSU*; Zach Maxfield, FGCU; Tim Roberson, FGCU


The hitter you least want to face is: Zach Maxfield, FGCU


The most underrated hitter is: Dylan Craig, Belmont


The best base-runner is: Dylan Craig, Belmont


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Melching Field at Conrad Park, Stetson*


The best game coach is: Pete Dunn, Stetson


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Tim Montez, Jacksonville


*unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Lipscomb Media Relations Office)