ATLANTA, Ga. (WVLT) -- Have a conversation with Cory Gearrin and you'd never know he was a Major League baseball player.
Kind and disarming, Gearrin bucks the stereotypes of the haughty, self-important professional athlete.
But on the mound, Gearrin's competitive streak has turned him into a rising star. The 25-year-old Dayton, Tenn., native has posted a 3.18 ERA in 10 appearances for the Atlanta Braves, striking out 13 batters in just over 11 innings of work.
A lifelong East Tennessee native, Gearrin is living out his dream playing for the team he often traveled to watch as a kid. After graduating from Rhea County High School, the 6-foot-3 right-handed relief pitcher spent some time in junior college before signing to play for Mercer.
The Braves drafted Gearrin in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, and his sidearm style has confounded batters at every level of the minor leagues. He finally got "the call" in late April, debuting in fine fashion by pitching two perfect innings against San Diego.
Gearrin knows he hasn't arrived -- in fact, he was sent down to AAA Gwinnett mere hours after earning his first career win Tuesday.
But given his demeanor, his deceptive delivery and his relative youth, Braves fans can rest assured that they haven't heard the last of the humble righty from Rhea County.