SEC Baseball Tournament 2013: Top Players to Watch for Remainder of Event

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

June 24, 2011; Omaha, NE, USA;  Vanderbilt Commodores batter Tony Kemp (6) get a base hit against the Florida Gators during the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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The SEC tournament is already underway, but there is plenty of time remaining to catch some of the best college baseball players in the country.

With a number of teams expected to contend for an NCAA title this year, it is hard to argue against the SEC being the best conference in the country. This is due to great play all season by some extremely talented players.

For those looking to see the biggest stars in the game, check out these players.


Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas

College pitchers usually are able to get by on using one or two good pitches. Ryne Stanek is better than most due to his ability to mix up his pitches and keep batters off-balance.

The Arkansas pitcher sets things up with a good fastball, but he also has a slider and a curve that is better than many major leaguers'. If he can develop a changeup as well, he will be playing at the sport's highest level before too long.

However, his offerings are more than enough to dominate the tough conference. He finished second in the league with an ERA of 1.54 and had an impressive 72 strikeouts. 

If the Razorbacks hope to advance deep into the postseason, they will need a few more big performances from the righty.


Tony Kemp, OF, Vanderbilt

There might not be a better top-of-the-order hitter in the nation than Tony Kemp. He led the SEC with a batting average of .408 and got on base almost half the time with an OBP of .490.

However, he rarely stopped at first base. He had an SEC-leading 27 stolen bases and scored 58 runs.

His ability to get himself into scoring position and come home easily has helped Vanderbilt become one of the top scoring teams in the nation. The Commodores are now favorites to win not only the SEC tournament but also the NCAA tournament.

As long as Kemp continues his strong play, there are not too many teams that can beat Vanderbilt.


Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State

If you could pick one player in the nation to be on your team, it would not take long for Hunter Renfroe's name to come up.

The junior has spent time in his career at outfield, catcher and even pitcher, and he has excelled at all of them. This season, he showed his five-tool ability as a hitter, in the field and on the basepaths.

Renfroe led the league with 15 home runs and also added nine stolen bases in 12 attempts. He batted an impressive .362 during the season and was usually the person to come through with a big hit for Mississippi State.

While the Rebels had an up-and-down year, the squad is certainly capable of surprising people in the postseason.