1 big reason why top Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio will make Opening Day roster

The Brewers phenom isn't technically guaranteed an active roster spot, but here's why he basically should be.

Feb 24, 2024; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Jackson Chourio (11) bats
Feb 24, 2024; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Jackson Chourio (11) bats / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Let's be honest, Milwaukee Brewers fans are expecting top prospect Jackson Chourio to make the 2024 Opening Day roster.

Expectations were already there for many fans as the 2023 season came to an end. A second straight season blazing through the minors fueled those thoughts, as did ascending to one of the top few prospects in all of baseball.

Then came the contract. In early December, the Brewers finalized an eight-year contract with Chourio, officially making him the face of the franchise for years to come. With that, many fans thought an Opening Day roster spot was all but guaranteed.

Chourio doesn't automatically get an Opening Day roster spot just due to his contract and technically has to earn it just like most other players. However, there's one big reason why the phenom's inclusion in the dugout by the time the regular season rolls around should be extremely likely.

Here's the one big reason why Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio will be on the Opening Day roster.

For the longest time, it was a common practice for MLB teams to manipulate the service time on their top prospects, keeping them in the minors for as long as they could to both avoid paying them a major league contract and retain team control over them for longer.

So with the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, a solution was implemented to help prevent that. WIth the Prospect Promotion Incentive, players who spend enough time on their team's active roster and win Rookie of the Year (or finish top three in MVP or Cy Young) can earn their team an extra draft pick.

Now since the Brewer are already going to be paying Chourio, the concerns about the pay and service time aren't as high. But you can bet that the organization sure would be happy to gain another draft pick in the future.

After having some down years not too long ago, the Brewers have had some very good drafts in recent seasons. That has resulted in the organization being named a top five system in all of baseball by most publications.

Building assets through draft capital and minor league depth is an important thing for any MLB team. That should be reason enough for Chourio to be on the roster come Opening Day.

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