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There are 95 days remaining before the Milwaukee Brewers officially begin spring training, which gives the clubhouse staff plenty of time to prepare a locker for a new prospect. On Friday, we learned that the organization had acquired minor league outfielder Kyle Wren from the Braves, sending former third round pick Zach Quintana to Atlanta in exchange.
The Wren situation was an unusual one for Atlanta: The 23-year-old outfielder was the son of recently fired Braves general manager Frank, and it appears the desire to remove all ties to the former regime might have been the primary factor leading to this move. 2014 was the younger Wren’s second professional season and he’s already quickly climbing the minor league ladder, posting a .290 batting average with a .350 on-base percentage and .365 slugging in 132 appearances between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi. He’s played almost exclusively in center field in the minors and appears to have very significant speed, having stolen 81 bases in 102 attempts over just 185 professional games.
As mentioned above, Quintana was the Brewers’ third round pick in 2012 but has struggled with the transition to professional ball, posting a 6.15 career ERA across 194.2 innings and three levels. He’s still only 20 years old but had a 5.70 ERA in 25 appearances (16 starts) for Wisconsin this season and walked more than five batters per nine innings.
Wren probably won’t be the last player the Brewers acquire before spring training, but they don’t have a lot left to do with many of 2014’s top contributors returning to the organization for another year. Doug Melvin told Phil Rogers of MLB.com that his team “can play tomorrow” with a roster that’s largely set.
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