Prep Baseball Report

MS HS Team Preview: Brandon Bulldogs

Matt Miller
State Director

The 2024 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across Mississippi.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in Pearl, MS at Trustmark Park as they compete for a state championship, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across Mississippi. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and by continuing other pieces of content covering the Magnolia State.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across the state. Each week we will be releasing our players of the week, updating the Top 10 in each MHSAA classification as well as a Power 25.

*Please note the information has been gathered from head coaches across the state, based on their replies to the questionnaire we distributed over this offseason.

High School: Brandon High School
Head Coach: Daniel Best
Classification: MHSAA 7A
District Number: 7A, Region 3
2023 Record (Finish): 23-8
No. of Returning Positional Starters: 4
No. of Returning Pitchers: ALL
Team Strengths: Experience on the mound. We return all arms from last season. Speed in the Outfield.




Class of 2024

Class of 2025

Keith Forbes (2025, Meridian CC)


Tai Jones (2026)

Cooper Hooks (2026)


Brandon returns 4 positional starters and all pitchers that were used last season as they finished 23-8 after a 3rd round loss to Gulfport. Head Coach Daniel Best believes those returning arms, along with his outfield’s ability to track down baseballs, will be keys to the Bulldogs success in 2024.

Top returners for Brandon include seniors Walker Hooks (LHP/1B - Ole Miss recruit), Ethan Trimble (RHP), Cam Keyes (OF/RHP - Jones College recruit), and Xavier Myles (CI - Holmes CC recruit), along with juniors Jay McQueen (OF/LHP - Southern Miss recruit), Jackson Clark (LHP - East Central CC recruit), and Wade Wilson (RHP - Meridian CC recruit).

Jay McQueen is back and ready to kick start the offense after scoring a team high 34 runs while hitting .394 with 20 RBI’s. He along with Xavier Myles (.304), Cam Keyes, and Walker Hooks will looks to create the run production as the pitching staff does their work. Hooks has been huge for the Bulldogs for the past couple of seasons on the mound and will look to repeat his dominance once again. The senior finished 2023 with an 8-3 record, a 1.69 ERA along with his 80 strikeouts. The deep staff also features Ethan Trimble, who was a perfect 7-0 while carrying sporting a 1.41 ERA, along with Jackson Clark who went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA.

Other players looking to step up will be senior Nelson Haas (RHP), juniors Keith Forbes (1B/DH - Meridian CC recruit), Ty Estridge (RHP/DH), and Brayson Hall (OF/LHP), sophomores Tai Jones (OF/RHP) and Cooper Hooks (RHP), along with freshman Tre McQueen (INF/RHP). 

Brandon begins regular season play on February 16th versus Germantown.

Find more information on the 2024 Brandon High School program below:

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