Former Stockbridge hurler Davies moves up

By Anthony Rhoads

Stockbridge's Kyle Davies is moving up in the minor leagues.

Davies, was called up to the Greenville Braves (Atlanta's AA affiliate in the Southern League) last week and he immediately made an impact.

Davies was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week, winning his double-A debut with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of work.

"It's not really surprising," said former Henry County head coach Chuck Campbell.

"He had a pretty good year last year and he started like gangbusters this year. To be 20 and to win his first game impressively is great. It means he has a bright future; the best prospects are in double-A."

Over his last five starts for Greenville and the single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, of the Carolina League, Davies has struck out 46 in 30.2 innings, while allowing only four earned runs.

Davies enjoyed a stellar season in Myrtle Beach before getting called up to Greenville.

Davies went 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA, while racking up 95 strikeouts to just 32 walks.

Last year with the Rome Braves, Davies went 8-8 with a 2.89 ERA and was among South Atlantic League leaders.

Davies graduated from Stockbridge High School in 2001 and was 21-3 in his junior and senior years.

Davies signed early in his senior year to Georgia Tech but was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round.

Former Eagle's Landing High School and Georgia Tech standout Matt Murton is among Florida State League leaders in home runs and RBIs. Murton, who is with the single-A Sarasota Red Sox, has 11 home runs, 44 RBIs with a .288 batting average.

Last month, Murton was selected for the FSL All-Star Game.

Former Jonesboro High School and Georgia Tech standout Jason Perry has six home runs, 25 RBI with a .405 batting average with the single-A Modesto A's this season. He began the year with the double-A Midland Rockhounds.

Both Perry and Murton played in the 2002 College World Series with Georgia Tech.

Perry was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and Murton was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2003.