Feb. 10, 2010

click here for coaches' Metro Atlantic preseason poll


Manhattan transfers to top of Metro Atlantic


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 Metro Atlantic (seven out of nine coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Manhattan*


The top three starting pitchers are: Rob Gariano, Fairfield (pictured right); B.J. Martin, Marist; Mike Gazzola, Manhattan


The top closer is: Conor Mullee, Saint Peter’s


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Rob Gariano, Fairfield


The most underrated pitcher is: Mike Thomas, Rider


The best defensive catcher is: Bryce Nugent, Marist


The best catcher arm is: Bryce Nugent, Marist


The best defensive infielder is: Conor Mullee, Saint Peter’s


The best defensive outfielder is: Kevin Nieto, Manhattan


The three best pure hitters are: Dan Paolini, Siena; Kevin Nieto, Manhattan (pictured right); Mark Onorati, Manhattan


The three biggest power threats are: Anthony Giansanti, Siena; Mason Heyne, Rider; Mike McCann, Manhattan


The hitter you least want to face is: Kevin Nieto, Manhattan


The most underrated hitter is: Chad Salem, Manhattan


The best base-runner is: Kevin Nieto, Manhattan


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: McCann Baseball Field, Marist; and Siena Field


The best game coach is: Mike McRae, Canisius


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: no coach received more than one vote


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of Fairfield and Manhattan Media Relations Offices)