Feb. 3, 2011

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Minnesota is massive favorite in Big Ten


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 Big Ten (nine of 10 coaches responded)


The team to beat is: *Minnesota


Rank the top three starting pitchers: Jarred Hippen, Iowa; TJ Oakes, Minnesota; Drew Leininger, Indiana


The top closer is: Scott Matyas, Minnesota


The pitcher you least want to face is: TJ Oakes, Minnesota


The most underrated pitcher is: (tie) Francis Brooke, Northwestern; and TJ Oakes, Minnesota


The best defensive catcher is: Kevin Plawecki, Purdue


The best catcher arm is: Kevin Plawecki, Purdue


The best defensive infielder is: AJ Pettersen, Minnesota


The best infield arm is: Derek Dennis, Michigan


The best defensive outfielder is: Patrick Biondi, Michigan


The best outfield arm is: Pete Cappetta, Illinois


Rank the three best pure hitters: *Alex Dickerson, Indiana (pictured right); Jerrud Sabourin, Indiana; Willie Argo, Illinois


Rank the three biggest power threats: *Alex Dickerson, Indiana; Nick O’Shea, Minnesota; Coley Crank, Michigan


The hitter you least want to face is: *Alex Dickerson, Indiana


The toughest hitter to strike out is: (tie) Patrick Biondi, Michigan; Alex Dickerson, Indiana; and Jeff Holm, Michigan State


The most underrated hitter is: Jeff Holm, Michigan State


The best base-runner is: Willie Argo, Illinois


The best game coach is: John Anderson, Minnesota


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Rob Fornasiere, Minnesota


*unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Indiana Media Relations Office)