Feb. 14, 2011

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Florida is favorite in strong Southeastern Conference


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 Southeastern Conference (10 of 12 coaches responded).


The team to beat is: Florida


Rank the top three starting pitchers: *Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt; Alex Panteliodis, Florida; Brian Johnson, Florida


The top closer is: Matt Price, South Carolina (pictured right)


The pitcher you least want to face is: Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt


The most underrated pitcher is: Nathan Kilcrease, Alabama


The best defensive catcher is: Mike Zunino, Florida


The best catcher arm is: (tie) James McCann, Arkansas; and Mike Zunino, Florida


The best defensive infielder is: *Nolan Fontana, Florida


The best infield arm is: Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt


The best defensive outfielder is: Jackie Bradley, Jr., South Carolina


The best outfield arm is: Peter Verdin, Georgia


Rank the three best pure hitters: Taylor Dugas, Alabama (pictured right); Jackie Bradley, Jr., South Carolina; Preston Tucker, Florida


Rank the three biggest power threats: Austin Maddox, Florida; Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt; Preston Tucker, Florida


The hitter you least want to face is: Austin Maddox, Florida


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Taylor Dugas, Alabama


The most underrated hitter is: Collin Kuhn, Arkansas


The best base-runner is: Taylor Dugas, Alabama


The best game coach is: Ray Tanner, South Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Todd Butler, Arkansas


*unanimous selection


(Price photo by Craig Jackson, Dugas photo by Jimmy Jones)