Feb. 19, 2010

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LSU is team to beat in Southeastern 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 SEC (10 out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is:  LSU


The top three starting pitchers are: Anthony Ranaudo, LSU* (pictured left); Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss; James Paxton, Kentucky


The top closer is: Matty Ott, LSU


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss


The most underrated pitcher is: Sam Dyson, South Carolina; and Justin Grimm, Georgia


The best defensive catcher is: Micah Gibbs, LSU*


The best catcher arm is: Micah Gibbs, LSU


The best defensive infielder is: Jake Smith, Alabama


The best defensive outfielder is: Matt den Dekker, Florida


The three best pure hitters are: Blake Dean, LSU; Preston Tucker, Florida (pictured right); Zack Cox, Arkansas


The three biggest power threats are: Nick Ebert, South Carolina; Cody Hawn, Tennessee; Andy Wilkins, Arkansas


The hitter you least want to face is: Preston Tucker, Florida


The most underrated hitter is: Whit Merrifield, South Carolina


The best base-runner is: Matt den Dekker, Florida


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Baum Stadium, Arkansas


The best game coach is: Ray Tanner, South Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Todd Butler, Arkansas


*unanimous selection

(Ranaudo photo by Jimmy Jones, Tucker photo courtesy of Florida Media Relations Office)