Feb. 2, 2011

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Mercer moves to top in Atlantic Sun


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2011 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 Atlantic Sun (eight of 11 coaches responded).


The team to beat is: Mercer


Rank the top three starting pitchers: Richie Erath, FGCU; Nate Woods, Belmont; Lindsey Caughel, Stetson


The top closer is: Chris Kaminski, Jacksonville (pictured right)


The pitcher you least want to face is: (tie) Chris Kaminski, Jacksonville; and J.T. Odom, Mercer


The most underrated pitcher is: George Lott, UNF


The best defensive catcher is: Nick Rickles, Stetson


The best catcher arm is: (tie) Robert Greene, FGCU; Nick Rickles, Stetson; and Derek Trent, ETSU


The best defensive infielder is: Stephen Wickens, FGCU


The best infield arm is: Stephen Wickens, FGCU


The best defensive outfielder is: Dylan Craig, Belmont


The best outfield arm is: Spencer Theisen, Stetson


Rank the three best pure hitters: Paul Hoilman, ETSU; Dan Gulbransen, Jacksonville; Jacob Tanis, Mercer (pictured right)


Rank the three biggest power threats: *Paul Hoilman, ETSU; Jacob Tanis, Mercer; Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville


The hitter you least want to face is: Paul Hoilman, ETSU


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Dylan Craig, Belmont


The most underrated hitter is: Dylan Craig, Belmont


The best base-runner is: Billy Burns, Mercer


The best game coach is: Dave Tollet, FGCU


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Tim Montez, Jacksonville


*unanimous selection


(photos courtesy of Jacksonville and Mercer Media Relations Offices)