Wren recused himself from conversations Braves scouts had about Kyle as they prioritized their prospects on the draft board. But he was in the draft room Friday when they drafted Kyle. He called his son shortly thereafter, deferring first to his wife Terri, who had called as soon as she heard Kyle’s name on the broadcast.
“It was good; I was happy for him,” said Wren, who had asked Kyle ahead of time how he’d feel if the Braves draft him. “He said ‘I would love that.’ That’s his favorite team; it better be his favorite team. I asked him that question because I didn’t want to put him in a spot where he would be overly uncomfortable, and he wasn’t at all.”
The Braves also drafted Jonathan Schuerholz, the son of Braves president and former GM John Schuerholz, in the eighth round in 2002.
Kennesaw State pitcher
The Braves took two Georgia products in the first two picks last year in pitchers Lucas Sims (Brookwood) and Alex Wood (University of Georgia), but waited until the sixth round to nab Lassiter High graduate Stephen Janas this year, a right-hander from Kennesaw State.
Janas, a 6-6, 198-pounder, had a dominant college season after coming back from 10 months out following Tommy John surgery. He went 9-1, not losing his first game until the championship game of the Atlantic Sun tournament. He finished the season with a conference-record 1.14 ERA,
Unlike the Braves’ top two pitchers drafted, he doesn’t have a dominating fastball, topping out in the upper 80s. His strength is his command. He had only 14 walks with 55 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings, as well as two complete games.
Braves first 10 picks
No.; Round; Name; Pos.; School; Ht.; Wt.
31; 1; Jason Hursh; RHP; Oklahoma State; 6-2; 200
85; 2; Victor Caratini; C; Miami Dade CC; 6-0; 205
102; 3; Carlos Salazar; RHP; Kerman (Calif.) HS; 6-1; 205
133; 4; Tanner Murphy; C; Malden (Mo.) HS; 6-2; 215
163; 5; Mikey Reynolds; SS; Texas A&M; 5-9; 160
193; 6; Stephen Janas; RHP; Kennesaw State; 6-5; 205
223; 7; Ian Stiffler; RHP; Somerset Area (Pa.) HS; 6-1; 175
253; 8; Kyle Wren; CF; Georgia Tech; 5-10; 175
283; 9; Dylan Manwaring; 3B; Horseheads (N.Y.) HS; 6-3; 205
313; 10; Ian Hagenmiller; 3B; Palm Beach Central (Fla.) HS; 6-1; 215