It’s no secret San Luis Obispo is a favorite place for BPA recruits to entertain as a possible next-level destination, players year after year considering to commit and ultimately attend California Polytechnic State University. Former BPA players Brett Borgogno, Brooks Lee and Chase Walter are on the 2022 Mustang roster. BPA 2022 graduates Troy McCain and Aaron Rettew have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Big West program next year. The familiarity of the program in SLO, along with head coach Larry Lee’s familiarity of the BPA program makes the transition seamless.
The ability to jump in and immediately contribute to Lee’s program was on display last year with Walter becoming an instrumental part of the Cal Poly bullpen as a freshman.
A gifted athlete, Walter headed up the Pacific coast to Cal Poly after graduating from Dana Hills. Standing 6’4 and weighing 170 pounds, to call the lean and long-limbed projectable would be an understatement. Add Walter’s good body control, easy arm action, and plus-speed, he recorded personal best times of 11.27, 22.53, and 48.98, respectively in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash as a prep at Dana Hills, it wasn’t too hard to imagine Walter developing into a standout performer with more physically maturity and knowledge gained under Lee and staff.
What was to come was on display in Walter’s first collegiate outing. Debuting on Feb. 21, in Cal Poly’s third game of the season against Nevada, Walter was superb out of the bullpen. In a game that went the Wolfpack’s way, 11-8, Walter pitched 2.1 innings of relief, allowing two hits and one unearned run, striking out three batters without issuing a walk.
As Cal Poly went 31-25 overall, 21-19 in the Big West, by the time the season ended, Walter provide to be a reliable option for Lee and staff. Walter appeared in 13 games, pitching 17 innings on the year, posting a 4.24 ERA. The .217 opponent’s batting average the right-hander pitched to was the second-lowest among Mustang pitchers. Not only did Walter avoid being hit around, the balls later did safely land were just 10 singles and three doubles, the only Cal Poly pitcher with at least an inning pitch to avoid giving up a home run. The freshman ended his first collegiate season with 15 walks issued and 12 strikeouts.
With a year of experience under his belt, the athleticism and pitchability to be a key contributor, Walter will be a BPA alumni to watch for years to come as Cal Poly continues to stay true to being a place Baseball Performance Academy players can perform.