Feb. 10, 2008


Monarchs man top spot in Colonial Athletic Association


click here for CAA 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 CAA (eight out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Old Dominion


The three top starting pitchers are: Anthony Shawler (Old Dominion)* (Shawler was a unanimous pick by opposing coaches; ODU coach Jerry Meyers did not vote for any Monarchs), Dan Hudson (Old Dominion) and Mike McGuire (Delaware)


The top closer is: Jordan Flasher (George Mason)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Anthony Shawler (Old Dominion) (pictured right)


The most underrated pitcher is: Pete Vernon (William and Mary)


The best defensive catcher is: Bill Merkler (Delaware)


The best three pure hitters are: Alex Buchholz (Delaware), Jared Bolden (VCU) and Matt Prokopowicz (Hofstra)


The biggest three power threats are: Scott Krieger (George Mason)*, Alex Buchholz (Delaware)* and Justin Bour (George Mason)


The hitter you least want to face is: Jared Bolden (VCU) (pictured right)


The most underrated hitter is: Tim Park (William and Mary)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: UNC Wilmington*


*unanimous selection


Preseason Coaches' Poll (points)

1. Old Dominion (99)

2. VCU (87)

3. UNC Wilmington (77)

4. Delaware (69)

5. George Mason (58)

6. Georgia State (56)

7. James Madison (48)

8. William and Mary (38)

9. Northeastern (35)

10. Towson (26)

11. Hofstra (12)