Where Jackson Chourio came from
On January 15th, 2021, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Venezuelan shortstop Jackson Chourio. Jackson showed a big bat and looked very mature as a ball player for only being 16 years old at the time. Being only 16, there is still room to grow physically and mentally. He was ranked 18th on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top international prospects and 15th on Baseball America’s rankings.
In 2021 Chourio made his Minor League debut at the Dominican Summer league playing 45 games with a .296 average, five home runs, and .833 OPS. In 2022 he would skip Rookie Ball and begin his season in Low Single-A with the Carolina Mudcats playing 62 games with an eye-opening .324 batting average, 12 home runs, and a .973 OPS. Chourio would get called up mid-season to Appleton, Wisconsin, to play for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at the High Single-A level, where he played in 31 games with an average of .252, eight home runs, and a .805 OPS. At the end of the 2022 season, Chourio would get called up to Double-A, playing only six games, a .087 batting average, 0 home runs, and a .284. The numbers are low, but it’s hard to judge on only six games played and 23 at-bats. He was named 2022 Carolina League MVP, All-Star, and Top Prospect with his time in Single A. Chourio would also win the 2022 Minor League Baseball Gold Glove Award.
Chourio could be the #1 MLB prospect by the end of 2023 season. Jackson is good at so many things when it comes to baseball. One weak point for him is he had arm issues as a very young player. He got moved from the shortstop/ second base position to the outfield to protect his arm, which he excels at with his extreme athleticism. Chourio skyrockets as one of the best prospects because of his power and speed as a player. Being 18 and getting this much recognition is incredible for such a young player, there is a ton of pressure for possibly becoming the next big player for the Brewers and in Major League Baseball. He has an incredibly high ceiling with being a five tool player and having superstar potential. One of Jackson’s minor league coaches has compared him to Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. Only 18 years old in Double-A baseball is something to be excited about as a Milwaukee Brewers fan. Look for Jackson Chourio to make another big jump in 2023 and possibly in the big leagues in 2024 as a young and exciting player.