Feb. 5, 2013

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Louisville looks to lead the pack in the Big East


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 East (eight of 11 coaches responded).

No changes in membership from 2012


The team to beat: Louisville


The top starting pitchers: Jon Prosinski, Seton Hall; Jeff Thompson, Louisville; Sean Hagan, St. John’s; Jared Ruxer, Louisville


The top closer: Dan Slania, Notre Dame


The pitcher you least want to face: Jon Prosinski, Seton Hall


The most underrated pitcher: Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame


The best defensive catcher: Jeff Melillo, Rutgers; Elvin Soto Pittsburgh


The best catcher arm: Elvin Soto, Pittsburgh


The best defensive infielder: Sean O’Hare, St. John’s; Giuseppe Pappaccio, Seton Hall


The best infield arm: Giuseppe Pappaccio, Seton Hall


The best defensive outfielder: Adam Engel, Louisville


The best outfield arm: James Ramsay, USF


The best pure hitters: L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut (right); James Ramsay, USF; Justin Glass, Cincinnati


The biggest power threats: Trey Mancini, Notre Dame; Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame; L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut


The hitter you least want to face: Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame; L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut; James Ramsay, USF


The toughest hitter to strike out: Nick Ratajczak, Louisville


The most underrated hitter: Justin Glass, Cincinnati; Sean O’Hare, St. John’s


The best baserunner: Adam Engel, Louisville


The best game coach: Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s; Lelo Prado, USF; Rob Sheppard, Seton Hall


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Phil Cundari, Seton Hall; Mike Hampton, St. John’s; Chris Lemonis, Louisville


(photo courtesy of UConn Athletic Communications)