The MLB Winter Meetings are underway, and there have already been some blockbuster moves. The Philadelphia Phillies signed shortstop Trea Turner to an 11-year $300 million deal. Of course, the Milwaukee Brewers will not be making any major signings like that. The small market Brewers just do not have the financial power to run with the larger markets. It is imperative, therefore, that they find their players from within and develop them to be stars. This was something that Craig Counsell discussed on Monday. The discussion led to some interesting revelations about how some young prospects may be used in 2023.
Jackson Chourio Could Reach the Majors in 2023
One of the most surprising things that Craig Counsell said was that it is possible that the Brewers’ top prospect, outfielder Jackson Chourio, reaches the Majors in 2023. Chourio quickly ascended through the Brewers’ minor league system in 2022, slashing .288/.342/.538 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI across three levels of organized ball. “He did so much, why would you say no to [Chourio making his debut],” Counsell said.
The Brewers will have a very young outfield next season. Garrett Mitchell already was called up in 2022 and proved he belong to the tune of hitting .312/.373/.459 with two home runs, nine RBI, and eight stolen bases for the Brewers. In addition, Sal Frelick is expected to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster. He hit .331/.403/.480 with 11 home runs, 59 RBI, and 24 stolen bases across three levels of the Brewers’ system. Frelick was at his best at Triple-A Nashville where he hit .365/.435/.508 in 46 games.
Milwaukee has already traded for outfielder Jesse Winker this offseason, but he very likely may spend a great deal of time as the Brewers’ designated hitter. However, the team also has Christian Yelich and Tyrone Taylor established in the outfield. It will be interesting to see how/when Chourio will fit into the mix.