Feb. 14, 2013

Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll


Stanford stands atop the Pac-12


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 Pac-12 (seven of 11 coaches responded).

No changes in membership from 2012

2012 champions: Arizona and UCLA


The team to beat: Stanford


The top starting pitchers: *Mark Appel, Stanford (right); *Adam Plutko, UCLA; Trevor Williams, Arizona State


The top closer: Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon


The pitcher you least want to face: Mark Appel, Stanford; David Berg, UCLA


The most underrated pitcher: David Berg, UCLA


The best defensive catcher: Max Rossiter, Arizona State


The best catcher arm: Max Rossiter, Arizona State; Collin Slaybaugh, Washington State


The best defensive infielder: J.J. Altobelli, Oregon


The best infield arm: Kevin Kramer, UCLA; Pat Valaika, UCLA


The best defensive outfielder: Austin Wilson, Stanford; Johnny Field, Arizona


The best outfield arm: Dylan Davis, Oregon State


The best pure hitters: Michael Conforto, Oregon State; Johnny Field, Arizona; Alex Blandino, Stanford


The biggest power threats: *Michael Conforto, Oregon State (right); Austin Wilson, Stanford; Johnny Field, Arizona; Brian Ragira, Stanford


The hitter you least want to face: *Michael Conforto, Oregon State


The toughest hitter to strike out: Johnny Field, Arizona


The most underrated hitter: No player received more than one vote


The best baserunner: Aaron Payne, Oregon


The best game coach: Pat Casey, Oregon State; Andy Lopez, Arizona


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Rex Peters, UCLA


*unanimous selection


(Appel photo by Zach Sanderson/StanfordPhoto.com, Conforto photo by Ethan Erickson)