Feb. 2, 2010

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Middle Tennessee moves to the top in the Sun Belt


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 Sun Belt (eight out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Middle Tennessee


The top three starting pitchers are: Kenneth Roberts, Middle Tennessee (pictured right); Matt Ridings, Western Kentucky; Tyler Ray, Troy


The top closer is: Justin Robichaux, Louisiana-Lafayette


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Kenneth Roberts, Middle Tennessee


The most underrated pitcher is: Scott Rembisz, FIU


The best defensive catcher is: Drew Robertson, Middle Tennessee


The best catcher arm is: Matt Rice, Western Kentucky


The best defensive infielder is: Junior Arrojo, FIU


The best defensive outfielder is: Adam Heisler, South Alabama


The three best pure hitters are: Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee; Matt Rice, Western Kentucky (pictured right); Boomer Blanchard, ULM


The three biggest power threats are: Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee*; Nick Schwaner, New Orleans; Tim Jobe, FIU


The hitter you least want to face is: Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee*


The most underrated hitter is: Blake McDade, Middle Tennessee


The best base-runner is: Junior Arrojo, FIU


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field, Louisiana-Lafayette


The best game coach is: Bobby Pierce, Troy


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Jim McGuire, Middle Tennessee


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of MTSU and WKU Media Relations Offices)