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Florida is strong favorite in SEC


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 SEC (all 12 coaches responded).


The team to beat in your conference is: Florida


Rank the top three starting pitchers: Michael Roth, South Carolina; Hudson Randall, Florida; D.J. Baxendale, Arkansas (right)


The top closer is: Matt Price, South Carolina


The pitcher you least want to face is: (tie) Hudson Randall, Florida; and Michael Roth, South Carolina


The most underrated pitcher is: D.J. Baxendale, Arkansas


The best defensive catcher is: Mike Zunino, Florida


The best catcher arm is: Mike Zunino, Florida


The best defensive infielder is: Nolan Fontana, Florida


The best infield arm is: Austin Nola, LSU


The best defensive outfielder is: Taylor Dugas, Alabama


The best outfield arm is: Peter Verdin, Georgia


Rank the three best pure hitters: Taylor Dugas, Alabama (right); Preston Tucker, Florida; Mike Zunino, Florida


Rank the three biggest power threats: Mike Zunino, Florida; Preston Tucker, Florida; Christian Walker, South Carolina


The hitter you least want to face is: Preston Tucker, Florida


The toughest hitter to strike out is: Taylor Dugas, Alabama


The most underrated hitter is: (tie) Taylor Dugas, Alabama; and Anthony Gomez, Vanderbilt


The best base-runner is: Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt


The best game coach is: Ray Tanner, South Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Todd Butler, Arkansas


(photos courtesy of Arkansas & Alabama Media Relations Offices)