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Heyward not the only local pro baseball player who has diamond dreams

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Braves' rookie sensation Jason Heyward is getting most of the publicity when it comes to former Southern Crescent residents now collecting a paycheck in professional baseball.

With good reason.

Heyward homered in the first at-bat of his major league career and leads all rookies with five RBIs, and he is often refereed to as baseball's top prospect.

But the Braves' starting right fielder isn't alone in his pursuit of the Great American pastime.

Kyle Davies is also back in the big league after spending time between Kansas City and the team's triple A afflitate last year.

Davies, the former star at Stockbridge High School, who played for Bill Pate and was later a member of the Atlanta Braves, made the Royals' big-league roster after a solid spring.

The right-handed pitcher, who has battled injuries throughout his career, appears healthy now.

In his season debut against the Boston Red Sox last week, Davies didn't get a decision, but struck out three and walked just one in six innings.

Even though Davies has divided his professional baseball career between the Majors, making his debut with the Braves in 2005, and the the minors, the Stockbridge native has enjoyed control of his pitches.

In 106, Major League games, he has struck out 372 and walked just 262.

Down on the farm, former Forest Park pitcher Isaiah Froneberger has been promoted to Modesto, the Colorado Rockies high Class A organization.

Froneberg has pitched just two innings for his team, hasn't allowed a run, struck out two and walked four.

Fellow Southern Crescent native Scott Robinson, who played high school ball at Henry County, is Froneberger's teammate at Modesto.

Robinson, who plays in the outfield for the Class A team is still trying to get his bat on track after starting the year with a .118 average.

His totals include a triple.

Luke Murton, who played for Blake Lyons at Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech, is batting ,167 through five games for the Charleston Riverdogs, the New York Yankees' low Class A team. The first baseman has driven in one run.

Murton is the younger brother of former major league baseball player Matt, who, played at Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech.

These days Matt plays pro ball in Japan after playing with Colorado last year.