Feb. 6, 2013

Rivals UNC, NC State Dream Big

ACC Preseason Coaches' Poll


North Carolina is team to beat in ACC


CollegeBaseballInsider.com surveyed college coaches around the country to preview the 2013 college baseball season by sharing their thoughts on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide insight on the upcoming season. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at the ACC (nine of 12 coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012


The team to beat: North Carolina


The top starting pitchers: *Carlos Rodon, NC State; Kent Emanuel, North Carolina; Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech


The top closer: A.J. Salcines, Miami (right)


The pitcher you least want to face: Carlos Rodon, NC State


The most underrated pitcher: Daniel Gossett, Clemson; Brandon Leibrandt, Florida State


The best defensive catcher: Zane Evans, Georgia Tech; Stephen McGee, Florida State


The best catcher arm: Zane Evans, Georgia Tech


The best defensive infielder: Justin Gonzalez, Florida State; Chad Pinder, Virginia Tech


The best infield arm: Colin Moran, North Carolina


The best defensive outfielder: Brett Williams, NC State


The best outfield arm: Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech


The best pure hitters: *Colin Moran, North Carolina; Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech; Trea Turner, NC State


The biggest power threats: *Daniel Palka, Georgia Tech (right); Tyler Horan, Virginia Tech; Derek Fisher, Virginia


The hitter you least want to face: Colin Moran, North Carolina


The toughest hitter to strike out: Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech


The most underrated hitter: Tom Bourdon, Boston College


The best baserunner: Trea Turner, NC State


The best game coach: Mike Martin, Florida State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Kevin McMullan, Virginia


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of HurricaneSports.com & Georgia Tech Media Relations Office)