Feb. 2, 2012

Nine Innings with Jeremy Baltz

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St. John's looks to storm through Big East


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 East (seven of 12 coaches responded).


The team to beat: St. John’s


The top starting pitchers: Justin Amlung, Louisville (right); Kyle Hansen, St. John’s; Matt Iannazzo, Pittsburgh


The top closer: (tie) Matt Carasiti, St. John’s; and Ryan Harvey, Seton Hall


The pitcher you least want to face: (tie) Justin Amlung, Louisville; and Gebler, Rutgers


The most underrated pitcher: (tie) Matt Iannazzo, Pittsburgh; and Jon Prosinski, Seton Hall


The best defensive catcher: Joe Pavone, Connecticut


The best catcher arm: Joe Pavone, Connecticut


The best defensive infielder: (tie) Mike Garza, Georgetown; L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut; and Matt Wessinger, St. John’s


The best infield arm: Matt Wessinger, St. John’s


The best defensive outfielder: no player received more than one vote


The best outfield arm: (tie) Jeremy Baltz, St. John’s; and Stewart Ijames, Louisville


The best pure hitters: Jeremy Baltz, St. John’s; L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut; Rand Ravnaas, Georgetown (right)


The biggest power threats: Jeremy Baltz, St. John’s; Trey Mancini, Notre Dame; Stewart Ijames, Louisville


The hitter you least want to face: Jeremy Baltz, St. John’s


The toughest hitter to strike out: L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut


The most underrated hitter: Rand Ravnaas, Georgetown


The best base-runner: Rand Ravnaas, Georgetown


The best game coach: Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Mike Hampton, St. John’s


(photos courtesy of Louisville & Georgetown Media Relations Offices)