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Davies emerging in minors

By Anthony Rhoads

This summer with the Rome Braves, Stockbridge's Kyle Davies has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Davis is currently ranked second in the league in strikeouts with 126 while walking only 44. He has an ERA of 3.08 with a 6-7 record.

Davies began the season at 5-1 and was a South Atlantic League All-Star.

Davies made his debut with Rome on April 14, striking out 11 en route to a shut-out victory.

In high school, Davies was one of the most highly-recruited players in Georgia and signed with Georgia Tech. But after being drafted in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves in 2001, he turned pro.

He made his way up the ranks through the Gulf Coast rookie-league team, the Danville Braves advance rookie team and saw limited action in Macon, which had been the Braves' single-A affiliate.

Murton update: Eagle's Landing's Matt Murton is in his first year of playing professional baseball.

Murton was drafted in the first round by the Boston Red Sox this year and he's currently with the Lowell Spinners of the short-season New York-Penn League.

Murton is batting .265 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 27 games.

Murton completed his junior season with Georgia Tech this spring and was one of the top college baseball players in the country. He was on the 2002 team that went to the College World Series.

He graduated from Eagle's Landing in 2000 and holds most of the school's batting records.

Perry update: Jonesboro's Jason Perry is batting .271 with one home run and 14 RBIs with the Modesto A's of the Class A California League.

Perry spent the early part of the season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. He batted .304 with one home run and 17 RBIs before being traded.

Perry also played at Georgia Tech and was a key player in the 2002 team. That year he hit 12 home runs, 60 RBIS with a .325 batting average.