There is something unique about hitting a baseball: the assumption of failure. A batter can fail at his job two out of three times, and do it for 15 years, and he'll make the Hall of Fame. Baseball is a sport designed for only occasional success, even for its most skilled practitioners.
Shaq Thompson may have had the deck stacked against him, but he was playing with house money all along. He doesn't need to be good at baseball. It's not his career, and his future doesn't depend on it. The 18th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox also happens to be the top ranked prep school safety in the nation, and will attend the University of Washington in the fall. He'll never need to hit a baseball to find fame and fortune, and that's a mercy—because Shaq Thompson has been truly, historically unsuccessful at hitting baseballs.