Feb. 4, 2013

Inside: With Campbell's Michael Felton


Coastal Carolina is heavy favorite in Big South


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 South (11 of 12 coaches responded).

Additions: Longwood

Departures: none


The team to beat: *Coastal Carolina


The top starting pitchers: *Tyler Herb, Coastal Carolina (right); Dean Roland, UNC Asheville; Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina; Tyler Costello, Radford


The top closer: Aaron Burke, Coastal Carolina


The pitcher you least want to face: Aaron Burke, Coastal Carolina


The most underrated pitcher: Tyler Klitsch, Winthrop; Ryan Mattes, Campbell


The best defensive catcher: John Harris, Gardner-Webb


The best catcher arm: Trey Wimmer, Liberty


The best defensive infielder: Jeff Kemp, Radford


The best infield arm: Jeff Kemp, Radford


The best defensive outfielder: Jacob May, Coastal Carolina


The best outfield arm: Jacob May, Coastal Carolina; T.J. Olesczuk, Winthrop


The best pure hitters: Michael Felton, Campbell; Bryan Aanderud, Liberty; Alex Close, Liberty (right)


The biggest power threats: Alex Close, Liberty; Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian; Jeff Kemp, Radford


The hitter you least want to face: Alex Close, Liberty


The toughest hitter to strike out: Michael Felton, Campbell


The most underrated hitter: Jeff Kemp, Radford


The best baserunner: Jacob May, Coastal Carolina


The best game coach: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Jason Murray, Liberty


*unanimous selection


(photos courtesy of Coastal Carolina & Liberty Media Relations Offices)