The Bellingham Bells are excited to announce Brandt Belk and Raul Salazar will be joining the Bells roster in 2018.
Belk and Salazar are both currently studying and playing at Pepperdine University.
Belk is a six-foot three-inch infielder out of Houston, Texas. He is in his second season with the Waves, but his freshmen year was cut short due to injury and he took his redshirt.
Before succumbing to injury, Belk started eight of the team’s nine games and collected six hits and three doubles, driving in four runs.
Belk was a three-year varsity baseball player at Westside High School where he was also named to the 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American team.
"Brandt Belk is a redshirt freshman who provides a lot of versatility as he can play both corner infield and corner outfield positions,” Bells’ pitching coach Jim Clem said. “Brandt's a contact hitter who can really handle the bat. He runs well too. We think Brandt is going to be a great Bell and we are excited to have him on our team.”
His father, Tim, played baseball for Texas and eventually for the Cincinnati Reds.
In the first three games of the 2018 season, Belk found early success collecting three hits in his first 11 at bats.
Belk will be joined by fellow Wave, Raul Salazar, on the Bells this summer.
Salazar is a six-foot three-inch right-handed pitcher from Cypress, Calif.
He is entering his first season with the Waves after an outstanding career at Cypress High School.
In high school, Salazar dominated with a career record of 15-6 and an ERA of 1.79.
He also was able to strike out 115 while setting a school record with six shutouts.
Salazar also had a record streak during his senior year as he threw 46 consecutive scoreless innings.
In his first outing of the year, Salazar worked 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. He gave up five hits and struck out one.
“Raul Salazar is a big right-handed pitcher who had a lot of success as a high school pitcher and will pitch this spring as a true freshman for Pepperdine,” Clem said. “He is known for being a solid strike-thrower with a good fastball, change-up, and slider. Raul's make-up is exceptional. He'll be a good fit in our clubhouse too, as he is a high character individual. Raul will be a great addition to our pitching staff.”