Feb. 18, 2013


Florida Atlantic leads the pack in the Sun Belt


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 Sun Belt (seven of 10 coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012

2012 regular season champion: Florida Atlantic

2012 tournament champion: ULM


The team to beat: *Florida Atlantic


The top starting pitchers: Chance Cleveland, UALR; Johnathan Frebis, Middle Tennessee; Austin Gomber, Florida Atlantic


The top closer: Michael Gomez, FIU


The pitcher you least want to face: Chance Cleveland, UALR; Austin Gomber, Florida Atlantic


The most underrated pitcher: Tanner Perkins, Western Kentucky


The best defensive catcher: Aramis Garcia, FIU


The best catcher arm: Aramis Garcia, FIU


The best defensive infielder: Dustin Jones, Arkansas State


The best infield arm: Hank LaRue, Middle Tennessee; Johnny Thomas, Middle Tennessee


The best defensive outfielder: Jordan Patterson, South Alabama; Nathan Pittman, Florida Atlantic


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


The best pure hitters: Logan Pierce, Troy; Jordan Patterson, South Alabama; Claude Johnson, Arkansas State


The biggest power threats: Trent Miller, Middle Tennessee; Danny Collins, Troy; Logan Pierce, Troy


The hitter you least want to face: Logan Pierce, Troy


The toughest hitter to strike out: Whitt Dorsey, South Alabama


The most underrated hitter: Nathan Burns, FIU


The best baserunner: Ben Crumpton, UALR


The best game coach: Bobby Pierce, Troy; Tommy Raffo, Arkansas State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Mark Smartt, Troy

* unanimous selection