Braxton Davidson’s timing is still impeccable.
The former Roberson baseball star slugged his first official pro home run Thursday for the Rome (Ga.) Braves in a 4-3 home loss to the Asheville Tourists.
It was the season opener for both South Atlantic League teams.
Thursday also happened to be the birthday of Davidson’s mother, Tanya.
Davidson is playing left field for Rome (1-3) and batting .182 so far.
The Atlanta Braves’ minor-league affiliate pays its first visit of the season to Asheville’s McCormick Field on May 14-17. The Tourists are the defending SAL champions.
Davidson was the 32nd overall selection in last year’s major league draft. He batted .224 with 31 walks, 11 RBIs, nine doubles and a triple for Danville (Va.) and the Gulf Coast League (Fla.) Braves.
As a high school senior, Davidson was the Co-Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year.