Feb. 18, 2013

WCC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Coaches' Preseason All-WCC Team


San Diego is team to beat in West Coast Conference


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 West Coast Conference (six of nine coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012

2012 regular season champion: Pepperdine


The team to beat: San Diego


The top starting pitchers: *Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga; Abe Bobb, San Francisco; Travis Radke, Portland; Trevor Megill, Loyola Marymount


The top closer: Michael Wagner, San Diego


The pitcher you least want to face: *Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga


The most underrated pitcher: Abe Bobb, San Francisco


The best defensive catcher: *Colton Plaia, Loyola Marymount


The best catcher arm: *Colton Plaia, Loyola Marymount


The best defensive infielder: Austin Davidson, Pepperdine


The best infield arm: Kris Bryant, San Diego


The best defensive outfielder: Justin Maffei, San Francisco


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


The best pure hitters: *Kris Bryant, San Diego; Clayton Eslick, Gonzaga; Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga


The biggest power threats: *Colton Plaia, Loyola Marymount; *Kris Bryant, San Diego; Turner Gill, Portland


The hitter you least want to face: *Kris Bryant, San Diego


The toughest hitter to strike out: Clayton Eslick, Gonzaga


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


The best baserunner: *Justin Maffei, San Francisco


The best game coach: Nino Giarratano, San Francisco


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Jay Johnson, San Diego

*unanimous selection