Memory Lane: Luke Wrenn’s impact as Red Sox scout 1990-1999
Luke Wrenn’s scouting report of Chipper Jones (the incredible accuracy in foreshadowing his career) landed on Bleacher Reports’ Adam Wells top 10 greatest MLB players of this generation. Jones was only in high school when Wrenn conducted his scouting report. Jones spent 19-years in MLB, where he was an 8x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger, won a Batting Title, was an MVP, and a Hall of Famer. Granted, Wrenn couldn’t draft Jones (as he had already been scooped up before the 6th pick came around) but he did foresee an incredible baseball career for the young player. Wrenn wrote,
"“This boy has all the tools. Has power and good basic approach at the plate with bat speed… This boy is a super kid that wants to play pro ball. Excellent make-up and work habits… Fields like a player that has been in pro ball 3 or 4 years. This boy must be considered for our 6th pick. Does everything well and with ease.”"
We can see by Wrenn’s report that he not only examined the player that Jones was on the field, but the man that he was off the field. He notes key points that made Jones a great high school player. More important than his abilities on the field, he mentions the work habits that Jones had. Wrenn keyed into the main factor that would differentiate the young Jones, the one factor that would make him very appealing to coaches.