Feb. 3, 2010

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Remember the Maine in America East


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 America East (five out of six coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Maine


The top three starting pitchers are: Nick Tropeano, Stony Brook; Kevin Scanlan, Maine; David Kubiak, Albany


The top closer is: No pitcher received more than one vote.


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Kevin Scanlan, Maine


The most underrated pitcher is: James Giulietti, Binghamton


The best defensive catcher is: Justin Echevarria, Stony Brook; and Joe Mercurio, Maine


The best catcher arm is: Joe Mercurio, Maine


The best defensive infielder is: Tony Patane, Maine*


The best defensive outfielder is: Henry Dunn, Binghamton


The three best pure hitters are: Dave Ciocchi, Binghamton* (pictured right); Chad Marshall, Stony Brook; Robert Dyer, Stony Brook


The three biggest power threats are: Corey Taylor, Binghamton*; Robert Dyer, Stony Brook*; Brendan Rowland, Albany


The hitter you least want to face is: Dave Ciocchi, Binghamton


The most underrated hitter is: Jim Calderone, Binghamton


The best base-runner is: Brendan Rowland, Albany; and Henry Dunn, Binghamton


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Fiondella Field, Hartford


The best game coach is: Tim Sinicki, Binghamton


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Bob Mumma, UMBC


*unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Binghamton Media Relations Office)