By Anthony Rhoads
Prior to spring training, Kyle Davies hoped to move up to Class A in the Atlanta Braves' organization.
When spring training was concluded Davies achieved that goal and was promoted to the Braves' Class A affiliate in Rome.
So far in the 2003 season, Davies has become among one of the best pitchers not only on the team but in the South Atlantic League.
As of Friday, Davies had a 5-1 record and 2.01 ERA while compiling 60 strikeouts.
He ranks third in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts and wins while being ranked ninth in ERA.
Davies made his debut with the Rome Braves on April 14, striking out 11 en route to a shut-out victory.
The Rome Braves are currently 31-21, second in the South Division of the South Atlantic League.
Davies was one of the most highly-recruited players in Georgia in high school and signed with Georgia Tech. After being drafted in the fourth round by the Braves in the 2001 draft, he decided to go down the professional route.
In the summer of 2001, Davies had a stellar season with the Gulf Coast Braves rookie team and saw limited action with the Class A Macon Braves.
In 2002, he was promoted to the Braves' advanced rookie team the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League.
He went 5-3, had a 3.50 ERA and compiled 62 strikeouts. He ranked fourth on the team in strikeouts and was fifth in the league in innings pitched with 69 1/3 innings.
In his junior and senior years in high school he went 21-3.
In his senior season, he went 9-3 and struck out 109 batters to help lead the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA state tournament.
Perry continues to improve: Former Jonesboro standout Jason Perry was injured for part of this season with the Toronto Blue Jays' Class A team in Dunedin, Fla. but he has come on strong lately.
As of Friday, Perry had a .293 batting average, one home run and 14 RBIs this season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.
Thursday, in a 4-2 loss to the Clearwater Phillies, he collected two hits and drove in one run.
Dunedin is currently second in the FSL West Division with a 33-23 record.
Last year, Perry started the season with Medicine Hat, the Blue Jays' advanced rookie team in the Pioneer League.
He played 30 games, hit 10 home runs, collected 36 RBIs and posted a .425 batting average.
During the week of July 8-14, he was awarded the Pioneer League Player of the Week.
Later in the season, he was promoted to Dunedin.
Perry was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 draft.
In the spring of 2002, Perry was a key player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who made it to the College World Series.
That season for Tech, he hit 12 home runs, 60 RBIs with a .325 batting average.