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Heyward to play in All-Star Futures game

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The accolades keep coming in for former Henry County baseball player Jason Heyward.

Heyward was recently promoted to Mississippi, the Class AA Braves' affiliate after beginning the season with the organization's Myrtle Beach squad.

In six games since his promotion, Heyward is batting .333 with six RBIs.

He has also been selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game for the American squad.

The Futures Game features top minor league all-stars from America taking on a squad of minor league players from other countries.

This year's Major League All-Star game takes place in St. Louis on Sunday.

Heyward was drafted two years ago by the Braves in the first round.

Other players from the Southern Crescent who are playing pro ball include: Kyle Davies (Kansas City Royals organization), Matt Murton (Colorado Rockies organization), Luke Murton (New York Yankees organization), Scott Robinson and Isaiah Froneberger (Colorado Rockies organization).

Kyle Davies started his season in the majors with the Royals, but was sent back to the minors to pitch for Omaha in Class AAA. Since getting demoted, Davies is 3-0 with an 0.47 ERA. He has struckout 16 and walked seven.

Davies spent his high school career pitching for Stockbridge before getting drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

Davies was traded to the Royals in the middle of the 2007 season.

Matt Murton has divided his time between the big-league Colorado Rockies and the team's triple-A team club in Colorado Springs. At Colorado Springs, the former Eagle's Landing High School and Georgia Tech standout is hitting .382 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs.

Younger brother Luke Murton, who also played at Eagle's Landing and just finished up his career at Georgia Tech, has just started his career with Staten Island, a rookie league team of the New York Yankees.

Luke Murton is batting .194 with five RBIs.

Scott Robinson, who played at Henry County High School, is batting .312 with three home runs at Asheville, the Colorado Rockies Class A affiliate.

Robinson's teammate at Asheville is former Forest Park pitcher Isaiah Froneberger, who is 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA.