Brendan Walker, who transferred to Kimball Union Academy from Woodsville High (N.H.) last year as a reclassified junior, arrived as a 5-foot-10, 130-pound right-handed hurler. At the time, Wildcats pitching coach Chad Sturgeon viewed Walker as someone who demonstrated solid arm speed, but still needed to add more muscle to his frame along with more flexibility in his delivery.
Fast-forward to present day and Walker has transcended into a top ace, having grown a couple of inches and adding much-needed strength. He now stands at 6-feet, 165 pounds.
"The first step of Brendan's program was to build muscle,'' said Sturgeon, who during the summer months serves as pitching coach with the Upper Valley Nighthawks of the NECBL. "He had incredible arm speed for his size, so I always knew he could throw harder."
Sturgeon noted that when Walker first arrived on campus, the need to improve upon his overall flexibility was equally important during his developmental phase.