By Anthony Rhoads
Next year, Jonesboro's Jason Perry and Stockbridge's Kyle Davies might be playing in the Major League.
Perry was recently named to the Oakland Athletics 40-man roster and Davies was named to the Atlanta Braves 40-man roster.
Both players will be reporting to spring training in February with their respective clubs.
Perry started the 2004 season with the Midland Rockhounds, the A's Class AA affiliate in Texas, batting .198 in 24 games. He wound up with the Modesto A's, a Class A club in the California League. He
Perry hit 24 home runs and 80 RBIs in helping Modesto to the California League championship. Perry then capped off the season by being named the California League championship series MVP.
"He got off to a rough start and got discouraged but he made the best of it," Jonesboro High School baseball coach Don Corr said. "It doesn't matter what level you play at if they can see you and evaluate your talent. What a way to cap off the year, it couldn't have happened to a nicer kid and nicer family."
Perry went to Georgia Tech after a stellar career at Jonesboro. He was on the Georgia Tech team that played in the College World Series in 2002 and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in June of 2002.
At Jonesboro High School, he was runner-up for the Class AAA state player of the year in his junior season and was all-state as a senior.
In his junior season, he batted .493 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs. As a senior, he batted .443 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs.
Kyle Davies started the 2004 season with the Atlanta Braves' Class A club in Myrtle Beach but by the end of the season, he was with the Class AAA Greenville Braves. Davies was a combined 13-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 2004 and was the Myrtle Beach Pitcher of the Year.
Davies was drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2001.
At StockbridgeHigh School, he was 21-3 in his junior and senior seasons and helped lead the Tigers to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals in his senior season of 2001.