Wren headlines Brewers OF acquisitions

By Jason Arndtbrewers
Brewers Farm Report

Kyle Wren knew he would be a marked man heading into the off season within the Atlanta Braves organization.

The 23-year-old outfielder was drafted by his father, Frank, in the eighth round of the 2013 draft following three productive seasons with Georgia Tech.

When Atlanta fired Frank in Sept. 2014, Kyle began to prepare for a new organization.

“I wasn’t naïve about it, in the back of my mind, I knew there was a possibility I would get traded this offseason,” Kyle Wren said. “They were up front about it, it wasn’t a bad situation.”

Milwaukee stepped up to the plate and offered 20-year-old right-handed pitcher Zach Quintana, who compiled a career 11-13 record, 6.15 ERA, 139 strikeouts, 103 walks in 194.2 innings from 2012-14.

Kyle Wren takes a swing for the Rome Braves in 2013.

Kyle Wren takes a swing for the Rome Braves in 2013.

The Brewers acquisition of Kyle Wren immediately placed the left-handed hitter as the organization’s 12th rated prospect following two seasons within the Braves organization.

In his two seasons, Kyle Wren batted .304 with 35 doubles, 13 triples and stole 81 bases in 185 games as he ascended through four different levels of the Braves minor league system.

He stole 33 of his 46 bases with Advanced A Lynchburg of the Carolina League through 76 games in 2014.

The 23-year-old was acquired by the Brewers midway through a game in the Arizona Fall League.

“I couldn’t be happier with being in the organization, especially after hearing that the Brewers instigated the trade talk after learning about the situation with my Dad,” Wren said. “They thought they could get me for a cheaper cost than they would have.”

Kyle Wren already knew two of the Brewers prospects prior to the trade, teaming up with two Brewers’ first-round selections, Jed Bradley at Georgia Tech and Victor Roache during a 2011 Cape Cod League stint.

“The good thing about it is when I heard it was to the Brewers, I knew a lot of guys on that team, I know Jed Bradley from playing with him at Georgia Tech,” Wren said. “I played with Victor Roache up in the Cape Cod League, so there is a couple of them I knew quite while in the organization.”

Kyle Wren said he looks forward to reconnecting with Jed Bradley during his new journey through the Brewers’ organization, and had admiration for the pitcher while he was a freshman with the Yellowjackets.

“He has one of the hardest work ethics I have ever seen, he is one of the reasons I think I ended up working so hard,” Kyle Wren said.

Additionally, Kyle Wren was amazed by Roache’s mindset during the Cape Cod League, around the time he became considered one of the most notable prospects as a power-hitter.

“We became friends in the Cape Cod League…he was just a really humble guy and you expect those big home run hitters to be cocky and he was just a humble guy,” Kyle Wren said. “I really respected him with how he handled all of that.”

Kyle Wren has reasons for optimism heading into his inaugural campaign within the Brewers organization.

Despite holding a slim 5-foot-10 frame, he believes he has packed on extra muscle following a rigorous off season.

“It has always been tougher for me to pack on muscle,” Kyle Wren said. “With a professional off season, I have a much longer period of trying to work and getting stronger than in college.”

He entered the AFL registering in at 172, and reports checking in at 185 within the last two weeks, the heaviest he has been.

“I am just trying to come in with a little more muscle on my frame and take it to another level of play,” Kyle Wren said.

Kyle Wren was one of four outfielders added to the Brewers organization, following the departure of three longtime farmhands, Kentrail Davis, Sean Halton and Caleb Gindl.

Joining him are left-handed hitter Shane Peterson, Matt Long and Ben Guez.

Peterson

Peterson

Peterson, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs and sports a career .284 average with 175 doubles, 25 triples, 57 home runs and 435 RBI in seven professional seasons. He has two games of Major League experience with Oakland in 2013, where he batted 1-7 with three strikeouts.

Long, 27, was acquired along with left-handed reliever Jarrett Martin from the Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Shawn Zarraga.

Like Peterson, Long also bats left-handed, but has never accrued a full season at the Triple A Level.

Long has a career .286 average with a .365 OBP and has collected 146 doubles, 54 triples, 60 home runs with 370 RBI in seven professional seasons. He has drawn 322 walks but has struck out 509 times in 2,989 plate appearances.

Guez, a free-agent signee, has a career .258 average with 77 home runs and 349 RBI in seven seasons.

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