Brandon’s contract signing for the 2017 Prospect League season was announced by the Miners organization on March 10, 2017. The Hyde Park, NY resident spent the spring of 2017 as a member of the baseball team at Indiana University-Southeast after the 6-1, 200 pounder began his collegiate career at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY.
The right-hander caught the attention of college coaches on the heels of an outstanding high school career at his hometown’s Roosevelt High School. His career stats on the mound saw him strike out 57 hitters versus 38 walks in 52 innings of work. His 17 career high school pitching appearances (9 games started) saw him notch a 3-4 record that also included one save and a complete game shutout. With the bat, he also was a .315 career hitter (57-for-181) as a high schooler.
Two of his teammates at IUSE in 2017 were members of the West Virginia Miners’ 2016 Prospect League Championship team, outfielder Jordan Branz and pitcher Brian Cherrington. The Grenadiers are an NAIA school that plays in the River States Conference, which also counts WVU-Tech athletics as one of its current members.