SEC baseball hitter/position player rankings: Rebels' Gonzalez and Aggies' Rock rise, Georgia's Tate makes his debut

 Chris Lee   in Baseball

Here's how we rank the SEC's best non-pitching players heading into the seventh weekend of league play. 

Dylan Rock photo courtesy of Craig Bisacre/Texas A&M athletics.

Here's how we rank the league's top 14 position players coming into Thursday night's games. A number of factors (strength of schedule, SEC stats, fielding) are considered even if they aren't discussed below. Runs created and runs created per 27 outs, which are estimated by a Bill James formula and adjusted for the number of runs that player's team has scored, are listed in parenthesis. 

1. Sonny DiChiara, 1B, Auburn (59 RC, 21.4 RC/27): Leads the league in batting average (.426) and on-base percentage (.591) in SEC games. 

2. Jacob Gonzalez, SS, Ole Miss (50, 12.8): His .705 slugging average in league games ranks third, and his 10 home runs, first. 

3. Jacob Berry, 3B/RF, LSU (47, 12.1): Ranks fourth in the SEC with a .482 on-base percentage in league games. 

4. Dylan Rock, OF, Texas A&M (42, 11.2): Hitting .371/.500/.843 in SEC games; the latter mark leads the league. 

5. Dominic Keegan, C/1B, Vanderbilt (42, 12.0): Hitting .407 in all games. 

6. Trey Lipscomb, 3B, Tennessee (47, 12.0): Has an SEC-high 25 RBIs in league play. 

7. Spencer Jones, RF, Vanderbilt (40, 11.7): Living up to massing potential now that he's healthy;it'll be interesting to see how high his draft stock climbs. 

8. Tim Elko, 1B, Ole Miss (44.6, 11.7): Second in the league in all games with 51 RBIs.

9. Dylan Crews, CF, LSU (41, 11.0): Ranks 11th in SEC RBIs (17) and ninth in runs scored (16).

10. Blake Rambusch, 3B, Auburn (45, 10.4): Hitting .415/.483/.519 within the SEC, with a league-leading 32 hits. 

11. Jud Fabian, CF, Florida (44, 11.0): Lipscomb, Elko and Fabian are tied for the SEC lead with 16 homers in all games. 

12. Luc Lipcius, 1B, Tennessee (39, 12.1)He's played in 194 career games, and could break the school record of 219 if the Vols make a deep postseason run. 

13. Connor Tate, OF, Georgia (39, 10.2): Tied with Jones for fifth-best on-base mark in SEC games (.468). 

14. RJ Yeager, 2B, Mississippi St. (36, 9.8): Ranks in the league's top 15 in SEC games in average, slugging, hits, RBIs and home runs.