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Bethune-Cookman is best again in MEAC


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 MEAC (four out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Bethune-Cookman*


The top three starting pitchers are: Ali Simpson, Bethune-Cookman*; Esterlin Paulino, North Carolina A&T; Rayan Gonzalez, Bethune-Cookman


The top closer is: Chase Davenport, Norfolk State


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Ali Simpson, Bethune-Cookman


The most underrated pitcher is: Rayan Gonzalez, Bethune-Cookman


The best defensive catcher is: Peter O’Brien, Bethune-Cookman


The best catcher arm is: Peter O’Brien, Bethune-Cookman


The best defensive infielder is: Jared Jeffries, Florida A&M


The best defensive outfielder is: John Lynch, Norfolk State


The three best pure hitters are: C.J. Lauriello, Bethune-Cookman; George Hines, North Carolina A&T; Jared Jeffries, Florida A&M


The three biggest power threats are: Xavier Macklin, North Carolina A&T; C.J. Lauriello, Bethune-Cookman; Peter O’Brien, Bethune-Cookman


The hitter you least want to face is: C.J. Lauriello, Bethune-Cookman


The most underrated hitter is: Chris Joyce, Norfolk State


The best base-runner is: Alejandro Jimenez, Bethune-Cookman


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Bethune-Cookman


The best game coach is: Mervyl Melendez, Bethune-Cookman


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Jose Vazquez, Bethune-Cookman


*unanimous selection