Feb. 3, 2012

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James Madison looks to repeat in CAA


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 CAA (10 of 11 coaches responded).


The team to beat: James Madison


The top starting pitchers: Sean Tierney, James Madison (right); Andrew Leenhouts, Northeastern; Ben Tomchick, Old Dominion


The top closer: Brett Koehler, William and Mary


The pitcher you least want to face: Andrew Leenhouts, Northeastern


The most underrated pitcher: David D’Errico, Hofstra


The best defensive catcher: Andrew Parker, Towson


The best catcher arm: Andrew Parker, Towson


The best defensive infielder: (tie) Matt Ford, Hofstra; and Brandon Williams, Georgia State


The best infield arm: Matt Campbell, UNC Wilmington


The best defensive outfielder: (tie) Aaron Barbosa, Northeastern; Johnny Bladel, James Madison; and Danny Poma, Hofstra


The best outfield arm: (tie) Johnny Bladel, James Madison; Andrew Cain, UNC Wilmington; and Danny Poma, Hofstra


The best pure hitters: Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington (right); Hunter Ridge, UNC Wilmington; Josh Wright, Old Dominion


The biggest power threats: Josh Wright, Old Dominion; Zack Helgeson, George Mason; Andrew Cain, UNC Wilmington


The hitter you least want to face: (tie) Johnny Bladel, James Madison; Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington; and Josh Wright, Old Dominion


The toughest hitter to strike out: Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington


The most underrated hitter: (tie) Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington; Dan Schafferman, George Mason; and Brig Tison, George Mason


The best base-runner: Aaron Barbosa, Northeastern


The best game coach: Mark Scalf, UNC Wilmington


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Shawn Stiffler, VCU


(photos courtesy of JMU & UNCW Media Relations Offices)