Feb. 10, 2008


Monmouth is favorite in Northeast Conference


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 Northeast Conference (five out of eight coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Monmouth


The three top starting pitchers are: Brad Brach (Monmouth)*, Ryan Buch (Monmouth), Joe Testa (Wagner)


The top closer is: Justin Esposito (Monmouth)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Joe Testa (Wagner)


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


The best defensive catcher is: John Dennis (Monmouth)


The best three pure hitters are: Andy Meyers (Monmouth), James Jones (Long Island), Josh Vittek (Mount St. Mary’s)


The biggest three power threats are: Andy Meyers (Monmouth)*, Josh Vittek (Mount St. Mary’s), Jeff Hanson (Sacred Heart)


The hitter you least want to face is: Andy Meyers (Monmouth)


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


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Sacred Heart


*unanimous selection