Feb. 14, 2008


Michigan hopes for continued success in Big 10


click here for Big 10 preseason feature


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 Big 10 (eight out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Michigan*


The three top starting pitchers are: Zach Putnam (Michigan)* (pictured right), Mike Wilson (Michigan), Dan DeLucia, Ohio State


The top closer is: Drew O’Neil (Penn State)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Drew O’Neil (Penn State)


The most underrated pitcher is: J.B. Shuck (Ohio State)/Matt Bashore (Indiana)


The best defensive catcher is: Joe Blackburn (Penn State)


The best three pure hitters are: Ryne White (Purdue)*, Nate Hanson (Minnesota)/Jake Owens (Northwestern)/Nate Recknagel (Michigan) (tie)


The biggest three power threats are: Nate Recknagel (Michigan), Nate Hanson (Minnesota), Ryne White (Purdue)


The hitter you least want to face is: Ryne White (Purdue)


The most underrated hitter is: Ryne White (Purdue)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Ohio State/Penn State


*unanimous selection