By Doug Gorman
Former Jonesboro High School and Georgia Tech standout Jason Perry didn't let getting demoted from Double-AA to Class A wreck his confidence.
Perry, who plays professional baseball in the Oakland Athletics organization, has made the most of his opportunity with the Modesto Athletics since getting reassigned to the squad from Class AA Midland.
In 31 games, Perry has turned into one of Modesto's leading hitters, batting .378 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs.
Last week in a game against Visalia, Perry hit a solo home run and a grand slam in the same inning to help spark a nine-run Modesto rally.
Former major league slugger Von Hayes, who now is Perry's manager at Modesto, once hit two home runs, including a grand slam during the 1985 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
During his high school career under the direction of head coach Don Corr, Perry was selected to the all-area team several times. At Georgia Tech, Perry helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the college World Series in 2002
n Future Brave: Since getting promoted to the Greenville Braves, former Stockbridge pitching ace Kyle Davies has shown he belongs. In three starts, Davies has posted a 2-0 record. He continues to have an outstanding strikeout to walks ration with Greenville. Through his first three games, Davies has struckout 20 and walked five. He made an immediate impression in the Southern League, earning player of the week honors after his first game.
Davies earned his promotion with solid play at Class A Rome. The former Southern Crescent Player of the Year at Stockbridge, was 9-2 at Rome with a 2.63 ERA. He also had 95 strikeouts.
n Playing long ball: Matt Murton, who enjoyed a stellar career both at Eagle's Landing High School and at Georgia Tech, continues to make progress with the Boston Red Sox organization.
Murton, who plays at Class A Sarasota, is batting .288 with 11 home runs through 85 games.
Friday Perry went 2-for-with a RBI to help lead Sarasota to the win against Fort Myers.
n Just getting started: Former Mt. Zion Christian Academy and Stockbridge High School standout Trae Wiggins has started his minor league career in rookie ball with the Braves. Wiggins, a left-handed pitcher, was drafted back in June out of Brewton Parker College.