Feb. 5, 2013

Inside: With UNCW's Mat Batts


UNC Wilmington is top team in CAA Preview


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 CAA (all 10 coaches responded).

Additions: none

Departures: VCU


The team to beat: UNC Wilmington


The top starting pitchers: Mat Batts, UNC Wilmington; Mike Trionfo, Towson (right); Chad Kuhl, Delaware


The top closer: John Farrell, William and Mary


The pitcher you least want to face: Mat Batts, UNC Wilmington


The most underrated pitcher: Dean Ali, Old Dominion; Kevin Ferguson, Northeastern; Mike Trionfo, Towson


The best defensive catcher: Andrew Parker, Towson


The best catcher arm: Drew Farber, UNC Wilmington; Andrew Parker, Towson; Matt Reistetter, Hofstra; Ty Warrington, Delaware


The best defensive infielder: Dalton Rouleau, Hofstra


The best infield arm: Dalton Rouleau, Hofstra


The best defensive outfielder: Aaron Barbosa, Northeastern


The best outfield arm: Tyler Molinaro, UNC Wilmington


The best pure hitters: Jared Hammer, Hofstra (right); Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware; Hunter Ridge, UNC Wilmington


The biggest power threats: Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware; Tyler Molinaro, UNC Wilmington; Jared Hammer, Hofstra


The hitter you least want to face: Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware


The toughest hitter to strike out: Aaron Barbosa, Northeastern; Jared Hammer, Hofstra; John Puttress, Northeastern


The most underrated hitter: Matt Ford, Hofstra


The best baserunner: Dalton Rouleau, Hofstra


The best game coach: Mark Scalf, UNC Wilmington


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Randy Hood, UNC Wilmington


(photos courtesy of Towson & Hofstra Media Relations Offices)