Feb. 8, 2011

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Milwaukee is team to beat in Horizon League


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 Horizon League (four of seven coaches responded).


The team to beat is: Milwaukee


Rank the top three starting pitchers: Casey Henn, Wright State (pictured right); Mike Hernandez, Butler; Chad Pierce, Milwaukee


The top closer is: Cameron Amsrud, Milwaukee


The pitcher you least want to face is: Casey Henn, Wright State


The most underrated pitcher is: Jon Gulbransen, Valparaiso


The best defensive catcher is: (tie) Garrett Gray, Wright State; and Michael Letzter, Butler


The best catcher arm is: Garrett Gray, Wright State


The best defensive infielder is: (tie) Jason Ganek, UIC; and Andy Leonard, UIC


The best infield arm is: Jason Ganek, UIC


The best defensive outfielder is: Steve McGuiggan, UIC


The best outfield arm is: (tie) Kyle Gaedele, Valparaiso; and Steve McGuiggan, UIC


Rank the three best pure hitters: Kyle Gaedele, Valparaiso (pictured right); Matt Serna, UIC; (tie) Joe Iacobucci, Youngstown State; and Tyler Wynn, Cleveland State


Rank the three biggest power threats: Garrett Gray, Wright State; Kyle Gaedele, Valparaiso; Tyler Wynn, Cleveland State


The hitter you least want to face is: Kyle Gaedele, Valparaiso


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Andy Leonard, UIC


The most underrated hitter is: Joe Iacobucci, Youngstown State


The best base-runner is: Steve McGuiggan, UIC


The best game coach is: (tie) Rob Cooper, Wright State; and Scott Doffek, Milwaukee


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Sean McDermott, UIC


(photos courtesy of Valparaiso & Wright State Media Relations Offices)