An eighth-round pick in 2013, the undersized Wren silenced some initial nepotism skeptics by hitting .335 with a .391 OBP and 35 steals in 53 games in his first season in 2013, including 47 games at low-A Rome. He had made himself into a legitimate prospect, rated 18th in the organization by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season.
Wren hit .290 with a .350 OBP, eight triples and 46 steals in 60 attempts in 132 games in 2014, including .283 with a .338 OBP in 56 games at Double-A Mississippi after a midseason promotion from high-A Lynchburg. He’s currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, batting .238 with a .273 OBP and two doubles in 42 at-bats (12 games).
The Braves fired Frank Wren and his brother, Jeff, a special assistant to the GM, on the same day, along with assistant general manager Bruce Manno.
Frank Wren was replaced by John Hart, the longtime former Indians and Rangers general manager who moved from a Braves senior adviser role to become interim GM for one month before signing a three-year contract to fill the newly created position as president of baseball operations.
The Braves don’t have anyone with the GM title and don’t plan to anytime soon, but those duties are being handled by Hart and assistant GM John Coppolella.
Hart noted during this week’s GM meetings the lack of depth in the Braves’ minor league system, particularly in Double-A and Triple-A. Quintana will at least help them there, and is still young enough to possibly develop into the pitcher the Brewers thought he’d be when they drafted him
Quintana was 4-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 25 games (15 starts) for Class-A Wisconsin in 2014, allowing 100 hits and 49 walks with 58 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings.
He’s listed at 5 feet 11 and 180 pounds and was a highly regarded prospect out of Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, but Quintana slipped from the Brewers’ top-30 prospect rankings after his first couple of seasons.
He features a 91-93 mph fastball and hard curveball, but has frequently struggled with command of his pitches.