Feb. 18, 2013


Southern stands out in the SWAC


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 SWAC (five of 10 coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012

2012 division champions: Jackson State, Southern

2012 tournament champion: Prairie View A&M


The team to beat: Southern


The top starting pitchers: *Jose De Leon, Southern; Desmond Russell, Jackson State; Joel Alvira, Alabama State


The top closer: *Josh Powell, Southern


The pitcher you least want to face: Jose De Leon, Southern


The most underrated pitcher: Kameron Stady, Mississippi Valley State


The best defensive catcher: Richard Gonzalez, Alabama State


The best catcher arm: Jose Longoria, Grambling State


The best defensive infielder: Angel Rosa, Alcorn State


The best infield arm: Angel Rosa, Alcorn State


The best defensive outfielder: no player received more than one vote


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


The best pure hitters: Stephen Wallace, Southern; Dominiq Harris, Prairie View A&M; Derrick Hopkins, Southern, Angel Rosa, Alcorn State


The biggest power threats: Stephen Wallace, Southern; Derrick Hopkins, Southern; Brian Rowry, Southern


The hitter you least want to face: Stephen Wallace, Southern


The toughest hitter to strike out: no player received more than one vote


The most underrated hitter: Dominiq Harris, Prairie View A&M


The best baserunner: Brandyn Crutcher, Alabama A&M


The best game coach: Roger Cador, Southern


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Marqus Johnson, Texas Southern; Fernando Puebla, Southern


* unanimous selection