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Passion powers Rendon's first year

Rice slugger named Baseball America Freshman of the Year

Originally Published: July 1, 2009
By Matt Forman | Baseball America

After watching the team play four fall scrimmages, Rice's boosters expressed their main concern to coach Wayne Graham: Is there any player on the Owls' roster who can hit 10 home runs?

Graham gave them a simple response: Yes, Anthony Rendon. Graham predicted Rendon could even hit 15 home runs and be a power threat in the middle of Rice's lineup.

"It surprised them when I said Anthony, because he hadn't hit any in the fall," Graham said. "But we watched batting practice every ...

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