Feb. 1, 2010

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Army sets the pace in Patriot League


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 Patriot League (six out of six coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Army


The top three starting pitchers are: Matt Fouch, Army (pictured right); Ben Koenigsfeld, Army; Bobby Holmes, Holy Cross


The top closer is: Kevin McKague, Army


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Matt Fouch, Army


The most underrated pitcher is: Trey Frahler, Bucknell


The best defensive catcher is: B.J. LaRosa, Bucknell


The best catcher arm is: B.J. LaRosa, Bucknell


The best defensive infielder is: Clint Moore, Army*


The best defensive outfielder is: Rob Froio, Lafayette


The three best pure hitters are: Matt Perry, Holy Cross* (pictured left); Clint Moore, Army; Andy Russell, Lehigh


The three biggest power threats are: Joey Henshaw, Army*; Andrew Brouse, Bucknell; Matt Hall, Lafayette


The hitter you least want to face is: Clint Moore, Army


The most underrated hitter is: Andy Russell, Lehigh


The best base-runner is: Rob Froio, Lafayette


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium, Navy


The best game coach is: Gene Depew, Bucknell; and Paul Kostacopoulos, Navy


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Scott Friedholm, Navy; and Scott Heather, Bucknell


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of Army and Holy Cross Media Relations Offices)