Feb. 10, 2012

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Monmouth expected to prevail in Northeast Conference


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 NEC (six of nine coaches responded).


The team to beat in your conference is: Monmouth


Rank the top three starting pitchers: Pat Light, Monmouth (right); Nick Neumann, CCSU; Nick Leiningen, Sacred Heart; Troy Schribner, Sacred Heart


The top closer is: Evan Zerff, LIU Brooklyn


The pitcher you least want to face is: Nick Neumann, CCSU


The most underrated pitcher is: Peter Kelich, Bryant


The best defensive catcher is: Tyler Jones, LIU Brooklyn


The best catcher arm is: (tie) Tyler Jones, LIU Brooklyn; and Kyle Nisson, Quinnipiac


The best defensive infielder is: David Soltis, Bryant


The best infield arm is: David Soltis, Bryant


The best defensive outfielder is: Kevin Brown, Bryant


The best outfield arm is: Kevin Brown, Bryant


Rank the three best pure hitters: Tyler Jones, LIU Brooklyn; Kevin Brown, Bryant; Mitch Wells, CCSU


Rank the three biggest power threats: Danny Avella, Monmouth; Rob Griffith, Sacred Heart (right); Kevin Brown, Bryant


The hitter you least want to face is: Tyler Jones, LIU Brooklyn


The toughest hitter to strike out is: no player received more than one vote


The most underrated hitter is: Ryan Kresky, Fairleigh Dickinson


The best base-runner is: Pete Leonello, LIU Brooklyn


The best game coach is: Charlie Hickey, CCSU


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Pat Hall, CCSU


(Light photo courtesy of Monmouth University Photography)

(Griffith photo courtesy of Sacred Heart Media Relations Office)