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Mercer the team to beat in A-Sun

CollegeBaseballInsider.com surveyed college coaches around the country to preview the 2014 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 Atlantic Sun (five coaches responded).

Additions: none

Departures: none


The team to beat: Mercer


The top starting pitchers: Chad Sobotka (USC Upstate); Michael Murray (Florida Gulf Coast); Clinton Freeman (ETSU) (pictured right); Austin Perez (Stetson); Tyler Moore (North Florida)


The top closer: Chad Sobotka (USC Upstate); Dimitri Kourtis (Mercer)


The pitcher you least want to face: Chad Sobotka (USC Upstate); Brandon Barker (Mercer)


The most underrated pitcher: Austin Perez (Stetson)


The best defensive catcher: Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State)


The best catcher arm: Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State)


The best defensive infielder: Kal Simmons (Kennesaw State)


The best infield arm: Kal Simmons (Kennesaw State)


The best defensive outfielder: Donnie Dewees (North Florida)


The best outfield arm: Michael Suchy (Florida Gulf Coast)


The best pure hitters: Chesny Young (Mercer)*; Clinton Freeman (ETSU); Patrick Mazeika (Stetson)


The biggest power threats: Nick Backlund (Mercer)*; Clinton Freeman (ETSU)*; Derrick Workman (Mercer)


The hitter you least want to face: Chesny Young (Mercer)


The toughest hitter to strike out: Chesny Young (Mercer)


The most underrated hitter: Donnie Dewees (North Florida); Bo Way (Kennesaw State)


The best baserunner: Dylan Tritsch (ETSU)


The best game coach: Pete Dunn (Stetson)


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Mark Leavitt (Stetson); Rusty McKee (Florida Gulf Coast)


*unanimous selection 

(photo courtesy of ETSU Media Relations Office)