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Iona & Manhattan are favorites in tight MAAC


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 Metro Atlantic (seven of nine coaches responded).


The team to beat in your conference is: (tie) Iona and Manhattan


Rank the top three starting pitchers: John Soldinger, Manhattan; Justin Wiley, Iona; Justin Brantley, Siena


The top closer is: Tyler Smith, Rider


The pitcher you least want to face is: Justin Wiley, Iona


The most underrated pitcher is: Mark Bordonaro, Fairfield


The best defensive catcher is: Ramon Ortega, Manhattan


The best catcher arm is: Ramon Ortega, Manhattan


The best defensive infielder is: Yoandry Galan, Manhattan


The best infield arm is: Chris Burke, Iona


The best defensive outfielder is: Brandon Cotten, Rider


The best outfield arm is: Brandon Cotten, Rider


Rank the three best pure hitters: Chris Burke, Iona (right); Nick Crescenzo, Rider; Mike Orefice, Marist


Rank the three biggest power threats: Chris Burke, Iona; James Beck, Iona; Jesse Harris, Niagara; Drew Pettit, Canisius


The hitter you least want to face is: Chris Burke, Iona


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Mike Orefice, Marist


The most underrated hitter is: Preston Aldridge, Saint Peter’s


The best base-runner is: (tie) Justyn Carter, Saint Peter’s; Brandon Cotten, Rider; and Joe Torres, Iona


The best game coach is: Barry Davis, Rider


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Matt Mazurek, Canisius


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