Feb. 2, 2010

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James Madison is team to beat in Colonial


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 Colonial (eight out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: James Madison


The top three starting pitchers are: Turner Phelps, James Madison (pictured right); Kevin Crum, George Mason; Brian Rorick, Delaware


The top closer is: Kevin Munson, James Madison*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Kevin Munson, James Madison


The most underrated pitcher is: Trevor Knight, James Madison


The best defensive catcher is: Cody Stanley, UNC Wilmington


The best catcher arm is: Cody Stanley, UNC Wilmington


The best defensive infielder is: Nick Natoli, Towson


The best defensive outfielder is: Alex Foltz, James Madison


The three best pure hitters are: Jake McAloose, Old Dominion; Trevor Knight, James Madison; Cody Stanley, UNC Wilmington (pictured right)


The three biggest power threats are: Matt Townsend, James Madison; Ryan Cuneo, Delaware; Cody Stanley, UNC Wilmington


The hitter you least want to face is: Matt Townsend, James Madison


The most underrated hitter is: Bradley Logan, Georgia State


The best base-runner is: Andrew Dimino, VCU


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Brooks Field, UNC Wilmington


The best game coach is: Mark Scalf, UNC Wilmington


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Randy Hood, UNC Wilmington


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of JMU and UNCW Media Relations Offices)