Perhaps that's what prognosticators saw in making a Morehead State baseball player a preseason All-American on three separate lists.
Brandon Rawe, the Eagles' right fielder, was a first-team choice of Collegiate Baseball, a second-teamer by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a third-teamer by College Sports Madness.
Rawe set Morehead State's single-season hits record with 98 last year. He ranked among all Division I players in hits (4th), total bases (8th), doubles (16th) and slugging percentage (28th). Rawe also posted a team-best 30 multi-hit performances.
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This season, it's been more of the same with a recent hot streak.
"We didn't call it catching fire; it's just more like hitting to his capabilities," Coach Mike McGuire said. "Brandon had an injury in the preseason that really limited his reps. He had a strained oblique, which, for a hitter, that's an injury that you really can't do a whole lot other than just resting. ... He literally started hitting just about five days before our first game. And hitting's such a thing of repetition that — he didn't have a preseason to get ready, so he really struggled those first 10 or 12 games. But then he's gotten it going. He had a 20-game hit streak snapped (Tuesday) night."
Rawe hit .186 through 10 games, but batted over .400 in the next 30, and over .500 in a 15-game stretch.
Now at .366 for the year, he is a big reason Morehead leads the NCAA with a .327 batting average.
"I think hitting's contagious," Rawe said. "We feed off each other, so we tell each other 'you get on base, we'll drive you in.' We rely on each other."
A 6-foot-2 senior from Matthews, N.C., he came within one of tying Morehead's single-season record for doubles last year, when he hit 21. He already has 19 this season (one behind teammate Nick Newell), and his 49 career doubles are just 10 off MSU's record.
"I've told Coach the past few years that I want to lead the nation in doubles," Rawe said. "Because I feel like if you go up there and you try to hit doubles, I feel like for me that's when I'm hitting my best. ... Because you go up there, you try to hit the ball hard every time, it results in good things."
McGuire also was Rawe's junior-college coach, at Louisburg, N.C. When the coach landed the Morehead job in 2013, Rawe had no misgivings about coming along.
"I feel like he changed me as a player," Rawe said. "Coming out of high school, he really brought the best out in me. So I felt like that was my best decision, was to follow him to Morehead.
"In practice, he's not afraid to get on you. When you mess up, he's going to let you know. I feel like, as a player, I'm a player that needs to know when I mess up. ... He taught us a lot about the game that I didn't even know about when I was playing in high school, so I think it really helped a lot."
Rawe doesn't mess up much.
"He takes a lot of pride in his play and he works real hard at it," McGuire said. "He's obviously a very good hitter, and that didn't just happen. He has talent, but he's worked hard to make himself a hitter. ... But it's not just the hitting. He's gotten a lot stronger over the course of his career.
"I think the big thing for him is he's very consistent. Every night you look at the box score and he's got two hits. That's kind of what he's done for the last two years for us."
Might this Rawe talent one day play at the professional level?
"I hope so," Rawe said. "That's been my dream since I was little. So I hope if I get the opportunity, I'll make the best of it."