Feb. 17, 2010


TCU is team to beat in Mountain West 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 Mountain West (four out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: TCU*


The top three starting pitchers are: Kyle Winkler, TCU* (pictured right); Jordan Whatcott, Utah*; Tanner Peters, UNLV


The top closer is: Addison Reed, San Diego State*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Addison Reed, San Diego State


The most underrated pitcher is: Tyler Lockwood, TCU


The best defensive catcher is: Bryan Holaday, TCU*


The best catcher arm is: Rafael Neda, New Mexico*


The best defensive infielder is: Daniel Gonzalez, New Mexico


The best defensive outfielder is: Max Willett, New Mexico


The three best pure hitters are: Ryan Honeycutt, New Mexico; Rafael Neda, New Mexico; Matt Alexander, Air Force; C.J. Cron, Utah (pictured left)


The three biggest power threats are: Cory Vaughn, San Diego State; C.J. Cron, Utah; Rafael Neda, New Mexico


The hitter you least want to face is: C.J. Cron, Utah


The most underrated hitter is: Bryan Holaday, TCU


The best base-runner is: Andrew Law, BYU*


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Lupton Stadium, TCU*


The best game coach is: Bill Kinneberg, Utah


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Randy Mazey, TCU


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of TCU and Utah Media Relations Offices)