Feb. 14, 2013

SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll


Arkansas, Vanderbilt are top teams in SEC


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 Southeastern Conference (12 of 14 coaches responded).

Additions: Missouri, Texas A&M

Departures: none

2012 division champions: LSU, South Carolina

2012 tournament champion: Mississippi State


The team to beat: Arkansas, Vanderbilt


The top starting pitchers: Ryne Stanek, Arkansas; Jonathon Crawford, Florida; Corey Littrell, Kentucky (right); Bobby Wahl, Ole Miss


The top closer: Barrett Astin, Arkansas


The pitcher you least want to face: Ryne Stanek, Arkansas


The most underrated pitcher: Corey Littrell, Kentucky; Mike Mayers, Ole Miss; Aaron Nola, LSU; Colby Suggs, Arkansas


The best defensive catcher: Grayson Greiner, South Carolina


The best catcher arm: Grayson Greiner, South Carolina


The best defensive infielder: Adam Frazier, Mississippi State


The best infield arm: Joey Pankake, South Carolina


The best defensive outfielder: Austin Cousino, Kentucky


The best outfield arm: Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State


The best pure hitters: Raph Rhymes, LSU (right); Austin Cousino, Kentucky; Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas


The biggest power threats: Mason Katz, LSU; Hunter Cole, Georgia; Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt; A.J. Reed, Kentucky


The hitter you least want to face: Austin Cousino, Kentucky; Raph Rhymes, LSU


The toughest hitter to strike out: Raph Rhymes, LSU


The most underrated hitter: Ryan Tella, Auburn


The best baserunner: Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt


The best game coach: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; Kevin O’Sullivan; Florida; Dave Van Horn, Arkansas


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Todd Butler, Arkansas


(photos courtesy of UK & LSU Media Relations)