Feb. 7, 2013

Inside: With Canisius' Jon Fitzsimmons


Canisius is team to beat in Metro Atlantic


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 MAAC (seven of nine coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012


The team to beat: Canisius


The top starting pitchers: Mike Murphy, Rider (right); Garrett Cortright, Canisius; John Soldinger, Manhattan


The top closer: Jon Fitzsimmons, Canisius


The pitcher you least want to face: Brett Houseal, Marist


The most underrated pitcher: E.J. Ashworth, Fairfield; Zach Hopf, Saint Peter’s; Brett Houseal, Marist


The best defensive catcher: Ramon Ortega, Manhattan


The best catcher arm: Ramon Ortega, Manhattan


The best defensive infielder: Yoandry Galan, Manhattan


The best infield arm: Shank, Marist


The best defensive outfielder: John Rooney Siena


The best outfield arm: Ryan Plourde, Fairfield


The best pure hitters: Mike Orefice, Marist; Ryan McCauley, Niagara; Ramon Ortega, Manhattan (right)


The biggest power threats: Ryan Plourde, Fairfield; Ryan McCauley, Niagara; Ramon Ortega, Manhattan


The hitter you least want to face: Ramon Ortega, Manhattan


The toughest hitter to strike out: Zach Shank, Marist


The most underrated hitter: Mike Orefice, Marist


The best baserunner: Nick Camastro, Manhattan


The best game coach: Barry Davis, Rider


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Trevor Brown, Fairfield


(photos courtesy of Rider & Manhattan Media Relations)