Brannon blasts off with Class A team

Brooks Brannon’s rise to Class A baseball came with a bang.

The 2022 draftee of the Boston Red Sox out of Randleman homered in two of his first three games and three of his first five games with Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.

Brannon, 19, played his first game in the Carolina League on June 29 when Salem played at Fredericksburg. From there, he had a hit in all five games with Salem heading to this week’s break in the schedule. He blasted home runs at Fredericksburg and two at Lynchburg and had nine runs batted in through five games.

Brannon, a catcher, played for Boston’s Florida Complex League team earlier this summer. He homered three times in 11 games this year after last year’s five homers in 15 games with the team.

There’s about two months left on Salem’s schedule. Brannon could make his home debut in a three-game series Friday through Sunday vs. Delmarva.

Salem’s only remaining 2023 games in North Carolina come next week against the Down East Wood Ducks in Kinston. The Red Sox, who play in the North Division, previously played a road series against the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, while the team doesn’t have 2023 games against Kannapolis and its home series vs. Fayetteville came in early May.

Brannon had a record-setting career in playing key roles in Randleman’s 2021 and 2022 Class 2-A state championships.

By Randolph Record