Feb. 4, 2010

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Coastal Carolina is king in Big South


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 South (eight out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Coastal Carolina*


The top three starting pitchers are: Cody Wheeler, Coastal Carolina* (pictured right); Anthony Meo, Coastal Carolina; Dustin Umberger, Liberty


The top closer is: Tyler Mizenko, Winthrop


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Cody Wheeler, Coastal Carolina


The most underrated pitcher is: Shawn Teufel, Liberty; and Tyler Thornburg, Charleston Southern


The best defensive catcher is: Jose Iglesias, Coastal Carolina


The best catcher arm is: Alex Haitsuka, VMI


The best defensive infielder is: Matt Williams, Liberty


The best defensive outfielder is: Rico Noel, Coastal Carolina


The three best pure hitters are: Curran Redal, Liberty (pictured right); Adam Rice, Coastal Carolina; Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina


The three biggest power threats are: Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina; Eddie Rohan, Winthrop; Ty Boyles, Gardner-Webb


The hitter you least want to face is: Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina


The most underrated hitter is: Curran Redal, Liberty


The best base-runner is: Rico Noel, Coastal Carolina


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: The Winthrop Ballpark


The best game coach is: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mike McGuire, Winthrop


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of Coastal Carolina and Liberty Media Relations Offices)