Feb. 12, 2010

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Kent State is team to beat in Mid-American 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 Mid-American Conference (12 out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Kent State


The top three starting pitchers are: Brennan Smith, Bowling Green; Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State; Kyle Hallock, Kent State


The top closer is: Andrew Chafin, Kent State (pictured right)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Andrew Chafin, Kent State; and Brennan Smith, Bowling Green


The most underrated pitcher is: Matt Kuna, Toledo; and Brennan Smith, Bowling Green


The best defensive catcher is: Zach Dygert, Ball State


The best catcher arm is: Zach Dygert, Ball State


The best defensive infielder is: Jimmy Rider, Kent State


The best defensive outfielder is: Adam Eaton, Miami


The three best pure hitters are: Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State; Derek Spencer, Bowling Green (pictured left); Chris Lewis, Western Michigan


The three biggest power threats are: Gauntlett Eldemire, Ohio; Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State; Anthony Gallas, Kent State


The hitter you least want to face is: Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State


The most underrated hitter is: Jordin Hood, Northern Illinois; and Derek Spencer, Bowling Green


The best base-runner is: Adam Eaton, Miami


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: McKie Field at Hayden Park, Miami


The best game coach is: Danny Schmitz, Bowling Green; and Scott Stricklin, Kent State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mike Birkbeck, Kent State


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of KSU and BGSU Media Relations Offices)