AT GEORGIA STATE: Starting right fielder and the Panthers' top returning hitter ... Also a right-handed reliever who could earn a role at the back end of the game ... Has good size and a strong right-handed bat ... Junior college transfer from Georgia Highlands College who joined the program in 2016-17.
2018: Ranked sixth in the Sun Belt with a .333 average, along with five homers and 26 RBI in 36 games ... Led team with .430 on-base percentage ... Had four outfield assists, including two in the Troy series ... In 10 appearances on the mound, he was 0-2 with one save and a 4.66 ERA.
Hit for the cycle in 12-3 win over Arkansas State (4-6-17). He was 5-for-5: single, double, single, 3-run HR, triple. Just the second player in GSU history to hit for the cycle; Mark Micowski was the first vs. N.C. Central in 2010.
His cycle came one game after he hit a first-inning grand slam vs. Furman (4-4-18). Also had two singles. Made his first start in right field vs. Morehouse ... One day later vs. Georgia Tech he hit a three-run homer ... Drove in the second run with an infield single in 2-0 victory at Samford (3-9-18) ... Drove in all three runs in 5-3 loss to No. 6 Ole Miss with a two-run homer and an RBI single ... Hit his third homer vs. Georgia (3-20-18) ... Started GSU’s ninth-inning rally vs. Troy with a leadoff single, helping the Panthers to 5-2 victory.
Earned his first save by recording the final five outs in 7-4 win at Kennesaw State (5-8-18), including two strikeouts ... Hampered by a left wrist injury late in the season that kept him out of the lineup but was able to pitch.
JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL: Hit 22 home runs in two seasons at Georgia Highlands … Smashed 13 homers and drove in 51 runs as a sophomore … Hit .277 with a .534 slugging percentage … Also contributed six doubles, two triples, 13 stolen bases and 43 runs scored in 61 games … Saw action in 54 games as a freshman, hitting .298 with nine homers, 36 RBI and 50 runs scored. Played at Whitewater High School, where he was coached by Georgia State alumnus Rusty Bennett … Helped Whitewater reach the state finals his junior and senior seasons ... In 2015, his team was also one of 16 squads in the nation invited to participate in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational … He hit .455 with two home runs and 30 RBI as a senior in 2015 ... Three-time All-Fayette County selection who earned all-state honors as a senior … All-Southeast Region honorable mention (2015) and honorable mention Underclass All-American (2014) by Perfect Game.
PERSONAL: Full name is Brandon Anthony Bell ... Born June 14, 1997 ... Son of Robert and Rebecca Bell ... Major is risk management and insurance