The Milwaukee Brewers look like they might’ve gotten a steal in 2021’s international signing class with Venezuelan outfielder Jackson Chourio. Entering that international draft class as the No. 18 ranked player, the Crew signed him for 1.8 million back in January of 2021.
Chourio has been quickly making a name for himself and recently he even added his first Player of the Week award while playing for the Brewers Low-A Carolina Mudcats, earning it out of the Carolina League.
From May 30 to June 5, Chourio went 11-for-25 while accumulating a .440/.462/.920 slash line, also good for a 1.382 OPS. He hit one double, one triple, and smashed three home runs over that to week, all that adding up to eight runs driven in along with scoring four runs of his own.
Jackson Chourio’s Player of the Week award was another sign that it’s time to buy stock in the young Brewers prospect.
On top of the Player of the Week achievement, he also achieved the May Minor League Hitter of the Month award for the Brewers farm system.
His Player of the Week award is only a small sample of what he’s been able to do all season down with the Mudcats. Through 34 games thus far in the season, he is batting .355 with a .404 on-base percentage all the while gathering a 1.013 OPS.
He has already hit more home runs in fewer games this season (6) than he did last season in Rookie Ball (5). On top of the comparisons between this year and last, he has almost doubled the number of doubles hit thus far with 13 compared to last season’s seven.
Chourio joins some elite company in his young career as he currently owns the highest Weighted Runs Created Plus as an 18-year-old in full-season A ball. Following Chourio is none other than current big leaguers Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton.
Chourio was signed as a shortstop originally, however, he has spent most of his playing time in center field while also sharing some time at second base. His speed plays a factor and fits nicely in the outfield where he joins an already crowded outfield prospect pool that the Brewers are slowly building up with names like Joey Wiemer, Garrett Mitchell, and Sal Frelick.
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It won’t be very long till we see Chourio at the top of the Brewers’ top 30 prospects. It didn’t take long for him to jump up on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects as he moves into the No. 43 spot.