Feb. 8, 2013

Inside: With TCU's Preston Morrison

Big 12 Preseason Coaches' Poll


Oklahoma is top dog in Big 12


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 Big 12 (eight of nine coaches responded).

Additions: TCU, West Virginia

Departures: Missouri, Texas A&M

2012 regular season champion: Baylor

2012 tournament champion: Missouri


The team to beat: Oklahoma


The top starting pitchers: Dillon Overton, Oklahoma (right); Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma; Parker French, Texas


The top closer: Corey Knebel, Texas


The pitcher you least want to face: Dillon Overton, Oklahoma


The most underrated pitcher: Frank Duncan, Kansas


The best defensive catcher: *Jacob Felts, Texas


The best catcher arm: *Jacob Felts, Texas


The best defensive infielder: Jack Mayfield, Oklahoma


The best infield arm: no player received more than one vote


The best defensive outfielder: Mark Payton, Texas


The best outfield arm: no player received more than one vote


The best pure hitters: Erich Weiss, Texas; Jared King, Kansas State (right); Max White, Oklahoma


The biggest power threats: Jared King, Kansas State; Kevin Cron, TCU; Matt Oberste, Oklahoma


The hitter you least want to face: Jared King, Kansas State; Erich Weiss, Texas


The toughest hitter to strike out: Mark Payton, Texas


The most underrated hitter: Robbie Rea, Oklahoma State


The best baserunner: Ross Kivett, Kansas State


The best game coach: *Augie Garrido, Texas


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Rob Walton, Oklahoma State


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of OU & KSU Media Relations)