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Texas on top in Big 12 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 Big 12 (six out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Texas*


The top three starting pitchers are: Taylor Jungmann, Texas* (pictured right); Chance Ruffin, Texas*; Chad Bettis, Texas Tech


The top closer is: Ryan Duke, Oklahoma


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Taylor Jungmann, Texas*


The most underrated pitcher is: Chad Bettis, Texas Tech


The best defensive catcher is: Jeremy Mayo, Texas Tech; and Cameron Rupp, Texas


The best catcher arm is: Cameron Rupp, Texas


The best defensive infielder is: Brandon Loy, Texas


The best defensive outfielder is: Connor Rowe, Texas


The three best pure hitters are: Tony Thompson, Kansas (pictured right); Carter Jurica, Kansas State; Garrett Buechele, Oklahoma


The three biggest power threats are: Cameron Rupp, Texas; Tony Thompson, Kansas; Kevin Keyes, Texas


The hitter you least want to face is: Tony Thompson, Kansas


The most underrated hitter is: Aaron Senne, Missouri


The best base-runner is: Carter Jurica, Kansas State


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: UFCU Disch-Falk Field, Texas


The best game coach is: Augie Garrido, Texas


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mitch Thompson, Baylor


*unanimous selection

(Jungmann photo courtesy of Texas Media Relations Office)

(Thompson photo by Jeff Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics)