Milwaukee Brewers: The Odd Man Out in the Outfield
By Trevor Hooth
In the middle of the youthful and talented Milwaukee Brewers outfield, Kyle Wren just does not fit into the equation.
Wren is very talented, but falls short in comparison to players like Keon Broxton, Brett Phillips and Lewis Brinson. That puts him in the impossible spot of being good enough to get out of the minors, but being stuck there.
It is almost surprising he is still in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He could be a part of a trade to a team needing a fourth outfielder, or even a starter. But beyond that, Wren is someone who would have been a smart Rule 5 selection, but no one took the chance.
At one point, Wren was a part of the Milwaukee top prospect lists. He spent two years there, ranking at 26 in 2015 and 13 in 2014. It is ultimately an unfortunate team for him to play on, because he grew quite nicely.
Originally, the Atlanta Braves were the team to draft Wren. They took him in the eighth round of the 2013 draft. The Milwaukee Brewers traded for him, sending only Zach Quintana to the Braves in return.
From 2013-2016 Wren was named an organization All-Star in both Atlanta and Milwaukee. Overall, he boasts four in season All-Star selections. None of them in 2017 is something curious. Wren spent the whole year at Triple A, and hit .286. He stole 26 bases while drawing over 50 walks, as well.
Wren flashed some gap power, hitting 20 doubles and 10 triples. He added five homers to that total as well. The 26 year old lefty possesses a solid speed and bat combination. Being able to do it from the left side is just icing on the cake.
During the Faux GM Meetings done by FanSided, Wren was traded. The return was Parker Bridwell. He is a very good arm for the back end of the rotation. That is a very good value to get with just Wren.
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The most likely scenario is that come Trade Deadline 2018, Wren moves. He will not be the centerpiece, but depth. The Milwaukee Brewers will be in a place, halfway though they year, where they need one acquisition to be competitive. Wren will be a great guy to make available for that.