Feb. 6, 2014

Feature on NU's Stevens & MSU's Kinley

Nine Innings with PSU's Rob Cooper

Nine Innings with Iowa's Rick Heller


Indiana Picked for Big Year in Big Ten


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 Big Ten (six coaches responded).

Additions: none

Departures: none


The team to beat: Indiana


The top starting pitchers: Joey DeNato (Indiana)*; Kevin Duchene (Illinois); Will Coursen-Carr (Indiana); Kyle Kubat (Nebraska)


The top closer: Trace Dempsey (Ohio State)


The pitcher you least want to face: Trace Dempsey (Ohio State)


The most underrated pitcher: Christian DeLeon (Nebraska)


The best defensive catcher: Cole Martin (Michigan)


The best catcher arm: Blake Hickman (Iowa)


The best defensive infielder: Dustin DeMuth (Indiana)


The best infield arm: Dustin DeMuth (Indiana)


The best defensive outfielder: Anthony Cheky (Michigan State); Eric Toole (Iowa)


The best outfield arm: Eric Toole (Iowa)


The best pure hitters: Kyle Schwarber (Indiana)*; Sam Travis (Indiana); Dustin DeMuth (Indiana)


The biggest power threats: Kyle Schwarber (Indiana)*; Sam Travis (Indiana); Jimmy Pickens (Michigan State)


The hitter you least want to face: Kyle Schwarber (Indiana)


The toughest hitter to strike out: Scott Donley (Indiana)


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


The best baserunner: Cam Gibson (Michigan State)


The best game coach: Tracy Smith (Indiana)


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Rob Fornasiere (Minnesota)


*unanimous selection