Heyward helps NL Rookie of the Year chances with solid May

By Doug Gorman


The following is a look at local players playng professional baseball:

Jason Heyward has to be the leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. The former Henry County slugger has helped the Atlanta Braves to a nine-game winning streak.

Heyward is batting .282 with 10 homer runs and 38 RBIs heading into tonight's game against the Dodgers.

Also in the Major Leagues, Kyle Davies has posted a 4-4 record with the struggling Kansas City Royals. The former Stockbridge Tiger and Atlanta Brave has appeared in 11 games, posting a 4-4 record with 42 strikeouts and 23 walks.

The Royals are 22-33 heading into their weekend series.

Matt Murton, who played at Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech, before playing in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies, now plays pro ball in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers. He has the third highest average among league players. He is batting .343 with eight homers and 26 RBIs.

Down on the farm:

Luke Murton, the brother of Matt Murton, is off to an excellent start for the Charleston Riverdogs. Murton, who plays for the New York Yankees Class A team, was, like his brother, a standout at both Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech.

He is batting .300 wth seven homers and 31 RBIs. He was recently name the Southern Atlantic League hitter of the week.

Former Forest Park baseball player Isaiah Fronebeger has posted a 2-0 record at Class A Modesto with a 2.96 average in 17 games. He has 26 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Teammmate Scott Robinson has a .203 average and 16 RBIs through 153 at bats for Modesto. Robinson played high school ball at Henry County.