The Milwaukee Brewers' top prospect is a teenager from Venezuela. At 18 years old, Jackson Chourio rapidly ascended up prospect ranking leader boards last season and he could become baseball's top prospect at some point this season.
On Wednesday March 8th, three days before he was to turn 19 years old, he made his spring debut with the Brewers Major League club. In what is likely unsurprising to those who have been paying attention, he impressed mightily.
Brewers top prospect Jackson Chourio was impressive during his debut.
The game was not a normal Cactus League game for Milwaukee who was instead playing an exhibition game against Great Britain prior to them participating in the World Baseball Classic. Chourio began the game in the Brewers starting lineup playing left field. He played the entire game and shifted to center field in the ninth inning.
On the day, Chourio finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and a walk. When he made contact, it was loud.
During Chourio's first at-bat, he found himself in a two-strike count. Ultimately, that did not matter as he was able to keep his composure and lace a double down the left field line - not a bad start for an 18-year-old prospect who was squaring off against 32-year-old pitcher Jake Esch.
Chourio's only time being retired on the day came during his second at-bat in the fourth inning when he grounded into a double play. Great Britain was able to turn the double play on a ball that was absolutely smoked directly at the third baseman. Statcast had the ball at 105 mph off the bat.
However, in the sixth inning, Chourio got redemption as he hit another double into left field. This hit came off 28-year-old Michael Peterson, who oddly enough was originally signed by the Brewers back in 2017 and most recently played in the Rockies organization.
To finish up the day, Chourio drew a walk in the eighth inning. He also showed off his arm strength by throwing out a runner at home. All of his tools were on full display in this exhibition game.
All-in-all, it wasn't a bad start for an 18 year old prospect. It should exciting to see what Chourio can accomplish this season. There is some speculation that if he plays well that he could find himself on the Brewers roster late this year, but he would have to play exceptionally well for that to happen.