Boys Varsity Baseball · Beam, Trammell not taking long to emerge from older brothers’ lengthy shadows


Beam and Trammell are two last names that have become very familiar to Bearden baseball.

Andy (class of 2014) and David (class of 2017) Beam were both standouts for Bearden baseball and went on to play college baseball, along with Brandon Trammell (class of 2017).

Now, their younger brothers, sophomore John Beam and freshman Bryson Trammell, will look to leave their own mark on Bearden baseball.

Both players have had a great season thus far, and Trammell said that having such a talented older brother has helped him in his success.

“Having an older brother like Brandon has tremendously helped me in many ways,” he said. “It’s helped me get to know the team and Coach (John) Rice better, but Brandon has helped me out with my abilities by just talking with me.”

Brandon, a freshman playing for Tennessee, had a lot of success in high school, but Bryson will look to match and surpass his accomplishments and start his own legacy.

“I’m sure there’s more expected from me because of Brandon, but I want to be better than him,” he said. “I want to make my own legacy during my career at Bearden.”

They’ve already started that process and will look to continue doing so on Friday when Bearden starts postseason play in a district tournament matchup with Heritage at tournament host HVA.

Coach Rice believes that both Trammell and Beam have the capabilities to create their own legacies while playing for Bearden.

“I think Bryson and John, because I know them and I know their brothers, are both very determined to make their own stamp,” Coach Rice said. “They’re very unique and different.

“John doesn’t want to be David’s brother and Bryson doesn’t want to be Brandon’s brother.”

As young players, Trammell and Beam have already made big impacts on a team with three seniors going on to play college baseball: Ross McKenry (MTSU), Nate Adkins (ETSU), and Carson Matthews (Walters State). Adkins is also a legacy player; his older brother Nick Adkins graduated in 2015.

Trammell has hit 12 RBIs and has a .247 batting average. Beam, who was named PrepXtra’s player of the week in the middle of April, has hit 19 RBIs and has a .404 batting average.

Having two older, high performing brothers can be difficult, but Beam keeps it simple on what his goals are on the diamond.

“I just try to go out there and do the best I can,” he said.

Although the Beams have been so successful, their success didn’t come without hard work.

“Their work ethic is very similar,” Coach Rice said. “John, David, Andy all just outwork 99% of people.”

Coach Rice believes that the Trammell brothers share a special gift of athleticism.

“With Bryson, I think it’s the natural athleticism that he and Brandon share so much,” Coach Rice said. “They’re athletic freaks.

“Bryson has some God-given gifts.”

Although it is helpful to have an older brother, Trammell want to be his own player, and not just a younger brother.

“I’ve learned many things from watching my brother play that will help me in the future,” Trammell said. “Me and him look alike when we play but I’m more of my own person, not just Brandon Trammell’s brother.”