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TCU is team to beat again in Mountain West


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 Mountain West (four of five coaches responded).


The team to beat in your conference is: TCU


Rank the top three starting pitchers: Sean Carley, Air Force; Andrew Mitchell, TCU (right); Cole Swanson, San Diego State


The top closer is: no player received more than one vote


The pitcher you least want to face is: Sean Carley, Air Force


The most underrated pitcher is: Sean Carley, Air Force


The best defensive catcher is: Josh Elander, TCU


The best catcher arm is: Josh Elander, TCU


The best defensive infielder is: Alex Allbritton, New Mexico


The best infield arm is: Alex Allbritton, New Mexico


The best defensive outfielder is: Brance Rivera, TCU


The best outfield arm is: Brance Rivera, TCU


Rank the three best pure hitters: Brandon Bayardi, UNLV (right); Josh Elander, TCU; Jason Coats, TCU; D.J. Peterson, New Mexico


Rank the three biggest power threats: Brandon Bayardi, UNLV; Garrett Custons, Air Force; Josh Elander, TCU


The hitter you least want to face is: Brandon Bayardi, UNLV


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Trent Cook, UNLV


The most underrated hitter is: D.J. Peterson, New Mexico


The best base-runner is: Cody Smith, San Diego State


The best game coach is: (tie) Ray Birmingham, New Mexico; and Jim Schlossnagle, TCU


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mark Martinez, San Diego State


(photos courtesy of TCU & UNLV Media Relations Offices)