ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Frank Wren has been involved with many Drafts, but before this year, he had never experienced having one of his children selected.
Wren's son, Kyle, was selected by the Reds in the 30th round on Wednesday. The 21-year-old outfielder will likely return to Georgia Tech to use at least one of his two remaining years of eligibility, but there was still a thrill involved in the selection.
"I'm happy and proud of him to be rewarded for all of his hard work," the senior Wren said. "Even though he has grown up around baseball his entire life, it is still special to see that you have been selected."
Kyle Wren possesses impressive speed and has shown great range while patrolling center field for the Yellow Jackets during the past two seasons. He might spend a second straight summer playing in the Cape Cod League.
"He's a good player" said Chris Buckley, Reds senior director of amateur scouting. "We'll have to see. He's a sophomore-eligible player at a very good school. He needs to get a little stronger. He's not a very physical guy. He kind of wore down as his season went on."
Wren said there have also discussions about his son spending the next few months dedicating himself to building strength. He is listed at 5-foot-10 and 166 pounds in the Georgia Tech media guide.
Wren hit .340 with a .412 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 23 attempts during his freshman season, in 2011. This year he batted .298 with a .346 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 22 attempts.