Feb. 2, 2012

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Coastal Carolina is strong favorite in Big South


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2012 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 South (nine of 11 coaches responded).


The team to beat: Coastal Carolina


The top starting pitchers: Josh Conway, Coastal Carolina (right); Eddie Butler, Radford; John Niggli, Liberty


The top closer: Abram Williams, Radford


The pitcher you least want to face: (tie) Josh Conway, Coastal Carolina; and Ryan Dull, UNC Asheville


The most underrated pitcher: Charlie McCready, Charleston Southern


The best defensive catcher: Tucker Frawley, Coastal Carolina


The best catcher arm: Tucker Frawley, Coastal Carolina


The best defensive infielder: Jeff Kemp, Radford


The best infield arm: Jeff Kemp, Radford


The best defensive outfielder: Matt Hillsinger, Radford


The best outfield arm: Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina


The best pure hitters: Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian (right); Matt Hillsinger, Radford; Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina; Dusty Quattlebaum, Gardner-Webb


The biggest power threats: Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian; Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina; Tony Micklon, Presbyterian


The hitter you least want to face: Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian


The toughest hitter to strike out: Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian


The most underrated hitter: Dusty Quattlebaum, Gardner-Webb


The best base-runner: Matt Hillsinger, Radford


The best game coach: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Kevin Schnall, Coastal Carolina


(photos courtesy of Coastal Carolina & Presbyterian Media Relations Offices)