Memory Lane: Luke Wrenn’s impact as Red Sox scout 1990-1999
Luke Wrenn served as an Area Scout for the Red Sox from 1990-1999. During his time with the team, he outlasted four managers including Joe Morgan, Butch Hobson, Kevin Kennedy, and Jimy Williams. Wrenn notably scouted and pushed for the signing of Stephen Drew, David Eckstein, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Maroth, and Tino Martinez. Eckstein and Maroth were both drafted by the Red Sox, but only spent time in their minor league before starting over with new teams.
Eckstein went on to spend 10 seasons in MLB, being a 2x All-Star, Willie Mays World Series MVP, and AL Babe Ruth Award Winner. Maroth went on to spend 6 seasons in MLB including 3 years in the top 10 leaders board for Games Started, 2 years as number 1 for his Fielding Percentage as a Pitcher, and 2nd on the list for Completed Games in 2004 on the AL side.
Drew was in the Red Sox organization for 2 seasons from 2013-2014. He spent 4 seasons in the top 10 for his Fielding Percentage as a shortstop, 3 seasons in the top 10 for Double Plays Turned as a shortstop, and was 3rd for Putouts as a shortstop in 2010.
Tino Martinez was drafted by the Red Sox in 1985 but he did not sign. 3 years later he signed with the Mariners and ultimately spent 16 years in MLB. During that time he was a 2x All-Star, 4x World Series player, and a Silver Slugger. He was spent 3 seasons in the top 10 for Sacrifice Flies, and 2 seasons in the top 10 for Games Played.
Nomar Garciaparra was drafted by the Brewers in 1991 but did not sign. Instead, he was drafted by the Red Sox in 1994. 9 of his 14 seasons were spent playing with the Red Sox. Garciaparra was a Rookie of the Year, 6x All-Star, Silver Slugger, 2x Batting Title, a Silver Slugger in 1997, NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2006, he spent 2 seasons as number 1 for his Batting Average, and 2 seasons in the top 10 for Runs Batted In.