Brandon Pearl enters his first season with the ThunderBolts and second as a professional in 2012. He signed with the team on May 8, 2012. Pearl began his professional career in 2011 as a member of the Traverse City Beach Bums. Prior to joining Windy City, he hit .333 in 16 games for the San Diego Surf Dawgs in the Arizona Winter League. He attended Truman State University and Avila University, where he hit .326 as a senior in 2010.