Feb. 15, 2010

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Arizona State is team to beat again in Pac-10


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 Pac-10 Conference (five out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Arizona State


The top three starting pitchers are: Josh Spence, Arizona State*; Gerrit Cole, UCLA; Brett Mooneyham, Stanford


The top closer is: Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon State* (pictured right)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Gerrit Cole, UCLA


The most underrated pitcher is: Erik Johnson, California


The best defensive catcher is: Ben Clowe, Stanford


The best catcher arm is: Ben Clowe, Stanford


The best defensive infielder is: Jake Schlander, Stanford


The best defensive outfielder is: Matt Newman, Arizona State


The three best pure hitters are: Drew Maggi, Arizona State; Derek Jones, Washington State; Ricky Oropesa, USC; Troy Scott, Washington


The three biggest power threats are: Stefen Romero, Oregon State; Kellen Kiilsgaard, Stanford; Mark Canha, California


The hitter you least want to face is: Kellen Kiilsgaard, Stanford


The most underrated hitter is: Danny Oh, California


The best base-runner is: Raoul Torrez, Arizona State


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Dedeaux Field, USC; and Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, Stanford


The best game coach is: Mark Marquess, Stanford


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Dave Nakama, Washington


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of OSU and WSU Media Relations Offices)