Feb. 8, 2013

Inside: With Kent State's George Roberts

MAC Preseason Coaches' Poll


Kent State is unanimous choice to win MAC


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 MAC (eight of 12 coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012

2012 regular season champion: Kent State

2012 tournament champion: Kent State


The team to beat: *Kent State


The top starting pitchers: Tyler Skulina, Kent State; Neil Butara, Eastern Michigan (right); Steve Laudicina, Western Michigan


The top closer: Brian Clark, Kent State


The pitcher you least want to face: Tyler Skulina, Kent State


The most underrated pitcher: Neil Butara, Eastern Michigan


The best defensive catcher: James Miglin, Toledo


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


The best defensive infielder: Derek Toadvine, Kent State


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


The best defensive outfielder: Jason Kanzler, Buffalo


The best outfield arm: Tyler Wells, Ohio


The best pure hitters: George Roberts, Kent State; Matt Honchel, Miami; Matt Pollock, Buffalo (right)


The biggest power threats: Matt Pollock, Buffalo; George Roberts, Kent State; Jason Bagoly, Kent State


The hitter you least want to face: George Roberts, Kent State


The toughest hitter to strike out: Matt Honchel, Miami


The most underrated hitter: Jason Kanzler, Buffalo


The best baserunner: Jamison Wells, Northern Illinois


The best game coach: *Scott Stricklin, Kent State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: *Mike Birkbeck, Kent State

*unanimous selection


(photos courtesy of EMU & Buffalo Media Relations)