Feb. 14, 2013


Army marches on in Patriot League


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 Patriot League (all six coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012

2012 regular season champion: Army

2012 tournament champion: Army


The team to beat: Army


The top starting pitchers: *Chris Rowley, Army; Nick Dignacco, Army; Tom Marra, Holy Cross; Dan Weigel, Bucknell (right)


The top closer: John Colella, Holy Cross


The pitcher you least want to face: *Chris Rowley, Army


The most underrated pitcher: Bryson Hough, Bucknell; Donny Murray, Holy Cross


The best defensive catcher: Chris Cannon, Navy


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


The best defensive infielder: *Alex Maldonado, Holy Cross


The best infield arm: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross


The best defensive outfielder: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross


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


The best pure hitters: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross (right); Greg Dupell, Navy; Kevin Casey, Lafayette; Harold Earls, Army


The biggest power threats: *Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross; Greg Dupell, Navy; Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross; Travis Clark, Bucknell; Jordan Enos, Holy Cross


The hitter you least want to face: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross; Greg Dupell, Navy


The toughest hitter to strike out: Harold Earls, Army


The most underrated hitter: Kevin Casey, Lafayette


The best baserunner: Harold Earls, Army


The best game coach: Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; Joe Sottolano; Army


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Matt Reid, Army


*unanimous selection


(photos courtesy of Bucknell & Holy Cross Media Relations)