Feb. 21, 2008


BYU could be team to beat in Mountain West


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 Mountain West (three out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: BYU


The three top starting pitchers are: Bobby LaFromboise (New Mexico), Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State), Seth Garrison (TCU)


The top closer is: Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State)


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


The best defensive catcher is: Matt Parker (San Diego State)


The best three pure hitters are: Sean McNaughton (BYU), Steve Parker (BYU), Kent Walton (BYU)


The biggest three power threats are: Steve Parker (BYU), Matt Vern (TCU), Kent Walton (BYU)


The hitter you least want to face is: No hitter received more than one vote.


The most underrated hitter is: Matt Hibbitts (New Mexico)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: BYU


*unanimous selection