Feb. 14, 2011

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Army is top team in Patriot 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 Patriot League (five of six coaches responded).


The team to beat is: Army


Rank the top three starting pitchers: *Nate Koneski, Holy Cross (pictured right); Ben Nelson, Navy; Ben Koenigsfeld, Army


The top closer is: *Kevin McKague, Army


The pitcher you least want to face is: (tie) Nate Koneski, Holy Cross; and Kevin McKague, Army


The most underrated pitcher is: Trey Frahler, Bucknell


The best defensive catcher is: J.T. Watkins, Army


The best catcher arm is: no player received more than one vote


The best defensive infielder is: *Clint Moore, Army


The best infield arm is: (tie) Alex Maldonado, Holy Cross; and Clint Moore, Army


The best defensive outfielder is: Rob Froio, Lafayette


The best outfield arm is: Ben Koenigsfeld, Army


Rank the three best pure hitters: Clint Moore, Army; Alex Azor, Navy; Ben Koenigsfeld, Army


Rank the three biggest power threats: *Doug Shribman, Bucknell (pictured right); Kevin McKague, Army; Nick Ciardiello, Holy Cross


The hitter you least want to face is: Doug Shribman, Bucknell


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Alex Azor, Navy


The most underrated hitter is: Alex Azor, Navy


The best base-runner is: Rob Froio, Lafayette


The best game coach is: (tie) Gene Depew, Bucknell; and Joe Sottolano, Army


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: *Scott Heather, Bucknell


*unanimous selection


(photos courtesy of Holy Cross & Bucknell Media Relations Offices)