Milwaukee Brewers top prospect Jackson Chourio has been one of the rare positives surrounding the team as of late. Allegedly, the Brewers were out on Juan Soto because David Stearns refused to include Chourio in any deal. If Stearns is not willing to part with Chourio for a player like Juan Soto, fans can be assured that the Brewers have someone special on their hands. Baseball American certainly thinks so. In their latest ranking of MLB’s top 100 prospects, they ranked Jackson Chourio number two.
Jackson Chourio is the No. 2 prospect in baseball. Have the Brewers ever had a higher-ranked prospect? I can’t think of one. https://t.co/huXkjtsqtV
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) August 8, 2022
An Answer to Curt Hogg’s Question
In the above Tweet, Curt Hogg of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wondered if the Brewers have ever had a prospect ranked as high as Jackson Chourio is now. I took the liberty of consulting The Baseball Cube to find the Brewers’ highest-ranked prospect going back 20 years to 2002.
- 2002- Nick Neugebauer: 17th
- 2003- Brad Nelson: 23rd
- 2004- Rickie Weeks: 5th
- 2005- Rickie Weeks: 8th
- 2006- Prince Fielder: 11th
- 2007- Yovani Gallardo: 16th
- 2008- Matt LaPorta: 23rd
- 2009- Alcides Escobar: 19th
- 2010- Alcides Escobar: 12th
- 2011- No Prospects in MLB’s Top 100
- 2012- Wily Peralta: 56th
- 2013- Wily Peralta: 69th
- 2014- Jimmy Nelson: 96th
- 2015- Tyrone Taylor: 93rd
- 2016- Orlando Arcia: 8th
- 2017- Lewis Brinson: 27th
- 2018- Keston Hiura: 47th
- 2019- Keston Hiura: 17th
- 2020- Garrett Mitchell: 56th
- 2021- Garret Mitchell: 50th
So, to answer Mr. Hogg’s question: no. They have not. The closest the Brewers got was Rickie Weeks as MLB’s fifth ranked prospect in 2004.
Jackson Chourio’s Professional Career with the Milwaukee Brewers
Keep in mind, Jackson Chourio is just 19 years old. He has a long, bright future ahead of him. After the Brewers signed him as an international free agent in 2021 as a 17-year old. His first taste of professional ball came with the Brewers’ Dominican Summer League. In 45 games, Chouiro hit .296/386/.477 with five home runs and 25 RBI. He also had eight stolen bases in 11 attempts.
This year, Chourio was assigned to the Brewers’ Low-A affiliate the Carolina Mudcats. Chourio lit up the league, slashing .324/.373/.600 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. He also had 23 doubles, five triples, and 10 stolen bases. Unsurprisingly, Chourio was promoted to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In 12 games in Appleton, Chourio is hitting .275/.345/.392 with a home run and five RBI.
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