The Milwaukee Brewers are filled with outfield prospects, but one of the names that is rarely mentioned is Kyle Wren. Acquired from the Atlanta Braves last season, Wren put together a solid first season in the Brewers’ organization. Here is a look at why Wren is 29th on our list to top Brewers’ prospects.
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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Wren is a high baseball IQ. Coming from a baseball family (his father Frank was the former Braves GM and is currently the Boston Red Sox VP of Baseball Operations) Wren knows the game from the inside out and knows what it takes to be successful. In an interview conducted with him before this season, Wren’s knowledge and goals spoke volumes for a player who plays the game the right way.
In 60 games in Biloxi, Wren really impressed. Though he got off to a slow start he batted an even .300 in his 60 games in AA. Batting at both the bottom and the top of the lineup, Wren was able to work counts in his favor and push his OBP to .370 with nearly a one to one strikeout to walk ratio. While he struggled a bit when he was initially called up to Colorado Springs, he was able to show off his speed by swiping a combined 36 bases between the two levels.
Though he doesn’t hit for much power, Wren has batted a solid .291 in three seasons as a professional. He has also shown his smarts on the bases by stealing 108 bases in 321 games.
In the future, Wren may never hit enough to be a regular with the Brewers, but his ability to battle at the plate should give him a good shot as a fourth outfielder and a solid option off the bench. Though he is expected to probably begin this season at AAA, his ability to play all three outfield positions should give him a shot to make it in Milwaukee before the 2016 season ends.