Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Here is a look at early-season stats for professional baseball players who played high school ball in the Southern Crescent.

Major Leagues

Jason Heyward, Braves -- The Atlanta Braves left-handed right fielder started the year hitting .250 through his first 12 games. His average at the plate through those games included three home runs. He also has six RBIs. He has also drawn nine walks this season.

Kyle Davies, Royals -- Former Stockbridge Tiger and Atlanta Brave Kyle Davies picked up his first victory of the season earlier this year. Through three games, Davies is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. He has nine strikeouts and eight walks.

Japanese League

Matt Murton -- After an earthquake devastated the country last month, Japan is trying to get back to normal with the start of its professional baseball season. Although the 2011 season was delayed two weeks, Murton and his Hanshin Tigers opened the campaign this week. Murton, a graduate of Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech, spent time in the Majors before landing in Japan last year where he became a star in the league, batting .349 with 17 home runs and 91 RBIs. He also broke Ichiro Suzuki's record for most hits in a season with 214. In the team's season opener this year, he drove in two RBIs.

Minor Leagues

Luke Murton, Yankees -- The former Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech standout is in his second season of professional baseball in the New York Yankees organization. Murton, the younger brother oif Matt, is currently playing for Tampa, a high class A level team in the Florida Southern League. Through his first seven games, Murton is hitting .308 with eight singles, a double and a triple. He also has three RBIs.

Isaiah Froneberger, Rockies -- The former Forest Park pitcher had a chance to go to college on a scholarship to Georgia, but signed with the Colorado Rockies organization. The 20-year old is now playing in Tulsa at the Class AA level. Froneberger has pitched just two innings, but struck out three batters. His ERA is 16.88.

Scott Robinson, Rockies -- Jason Heyward's former high school teammate at Henry County High School, Robinson is in the Colorado Rockies organization. This season in high Class A ball with Modesto, Robinson is batting .385 through four games. In 13 at bats, he has two RBIs. He has also poked five singles and scored three times.

Jordan Akins, Rangers -- The former Union Grove athlete passed up a chance to play football at Central Florida to begin his pro baseball career. Akins is playing with the Texas Rangers rookie league team in Arizona. In 36 games, Akins has struggled at the plate at times, batting just .187. He has come up with some timely hits, knocking in eight RBIs. He has two triples and three doubles.

-- Doug Gorman