More and more Brewers fans have been learning his name over the last couple months. Now, he’s caught the eyes of top prospect evaluators as well and it’s starting to show.
In January of 2021, Milwaukee signed Jackson Chourio out of Venezuela during the international signing period. Though he would originally be signed with thoughts of him becoming a shortstop, his future would see him adding to the organization’s outfield depth instead.
As is the case with a majority of international signees, Chourio was too young to start playing affiliated ball for the Brewers right away. But in May of the 2022 season, he would get his first chance to do so after being added to the roster of the Low-A Carolina Mudcats.
Chourio would start off torching Low-A pitching and soon leave Brewers fans buying stock in the young prospect and wondering just how high he might start climbing up the top prospect lists. Yesterday, one popular top 100 MLB prospects list gave that answer.
In their midseason update, MLB Pipeline skyrocketed Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio into the top half of their top 100 prospects list.
In mid-June, Chourio reached MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects list for the first time due to some fellow prospects’ graduation from the list earlier in the year and just prior to the midseason update, he had settled at No. 94. Well, so much for that.
In their midseason update, Chourio was propelled all the way up to No. 39, making him the biggest riser in their newly released rankings. As a result, he now also becomes MLB Pipeline’s new No. 1 prospect in the Brewers organization as well.
And if you look at the numbers, it’s easy to see why. In his 52 games since joining the Mudcats, Chourio is slashing .316/.368/.574 (.942 OPS) with nine homers, 17 doubles, 38 RBIs, 41 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in nine attempts.
Despite the late start to the season, Chourio ranks 7th in the Carolina League in doubles, 11th in homers, and 14th in RBIs. His slugging percentage and OPS are each second best in the league among qualified batters as well while his average ranks third. This is all as the youngest hitter in the league.
Chourio isn’t the only prospect to grace MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list either. 2021 1st round pick Sal Frelick (No. 50) and 2020 4th rounder Joey Wiemer (No. 64) stay in the group at the midseason update, continuing to give the Brewers organization three top 100 prospects, a feat the system hasn’t seen often since the major league team became consistently competitive.
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It’s been a fast, impressive start for Jackson Chourio’s introduction to affiliated ball, one that could see him at the High-A level before we know it.