Feb. 7, 2008


Stony Brook is team to beat in America East


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2008 college baseball season by sharing their insights on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide a sneak peek for the season ahead. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at the America East (all seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Stony Brook


The three top starting pitchers are: Zachary Groh (Binghamton)* (pictured right), Gary Novakowski (Stony Brook) and Jeff Dennis (Binghamton)


The top closer is: Alexander Beaulieu (Albany)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Zachary Groh (Binghamton)


The most underrated pitcher is: No pitcher received more than one vote


The best defensive catcher is: Justin Echevarria (Stony Brook)


The best three pure hitters are: Curt Smith (Maine)*, Will Delawter (UMBC) and Miguel Magrass (Vermont)


The biggest three power threats are: Curt Smith (Maine), Will Delawter (UMBC) and Joe Fowler (UMBC)


The hitter you least want to face is: Curt Smith (Maine)


The most underrated hitter is: Brian Witkowski (Stony Brook)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Hartford


*unanimous selection