Jackson Chourio rapidly ascended up prospect ranking charts last year as he had an incredible first full season in the minor leagues.
The 18 year old outfield prospect out of Venezuela is the Brewers top organizational prospect and Baseball America currently has him ranked 3rd overall in their recently released 2023 Top 100 Prospects list. The two current players head of him will likely graduate out of prospect status in 2023, which means that Chourio will likely become the top prospect in all of baseball at some point next season.
Gunnar Henderson of the Baltimore Orioles and Corbin Carroll of the Arizona Diamondbacks both played around 30 Major League games in 2022. Both are ready for expanded roles in 2023, which is why they will likely graduate out of prospect status. This opens the door for Chourio to potentially become the number one prospect.
Last year, Chourio dominated at the Low-A and High-A levels of baseball and earned a promotion to Double-A at the end of the season. Between the two levels he hit 20 home runs and collected 96 RBI. He also had 29 doubles and 14 stolen bases.
Chourio played just six games in Double-A to end the 2022 season. This seems like a good starting point for him to begin the 2023 season. He had been playing in the Venezuelan Winter League as well, in which he was the youngest player there. Wherever Chourio has played, he has done well.
Could the future top prospect in baseball Jackson Chourio play for the Brewers in 2023?
During the Winter Meetings, Craig Counsell mentioned Chourio as a player who could impact the Brewers in 2023. This is not a for sure thing to happen, but if Chourio continues to play well he could force the Brewers into promoting him. On the flip side, the Brewers will be in no rush to advance him through the ranks, so he would have to dominate in the upper minor league levels for this to happen.
Other factors to consider include the fact that there are currently a lot of outfield prospects ahead of Chourio and may make their MLB debuts before him. Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer may be ready at some point in 2023 and Garrett Mitchell is expected to compete for an everyday role with the Brewers.
There is a lot of quality outfield prospect depth in the Brewers organization. This is a good problem to have. If Chourio continues to ascend and play well, we might see him this year, but he'll likely reach Top Prospect in baseball status before that happens.