Brewers: How did Top Prospect Jackson Chourio Do in the Month of April?
By Matt Carroll
The Milwaukee Brewers youth wave is already starting to show its effects in 2023. Players like Garrett Mitchell and Brice Turang both made the Opening Day roster while Joey Wiemer wasn't far behind. Sal Frelick, though currently injured, as a good chance of joining them at some point this season as well.
But the most tantalizing of all the Brewers prospects is easily outfielder Jackson Chourio. The 19-year-old stormed on to the scene last season, is the consensus top prospect for the team, and is also a top 10 prospect in all of baseball (including the actual top prospect over at Baseball America).
With all eyes on his sophomore season in affiliated ball, Chourio began 2023 with the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. He struggled there to end the 2022 season, but he was only there for a short time and at the end of a very long first season of minor league ball. So this season has Brewers fans wondering how he will fare there again and how long it will take him to move up to the next level.
How did Brewers top prospect Jackson Chourio do in the month of April at Double-A?
Things started off quite well for Chourio with the Shuckers this season. His first game saw him go 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. He followed that up with a 1-for-4 performance in which he scored his first run of the year.
His fourth game of the season allowed him to show off that Chourio power Brewers fans have come to known. He slugged his first career Double-A homer, and then added his second as a walkoff in extra innings, while collecting 4 RBIs on the day.
Chourio would hit a mini cold spell after that. He would collect just three hits over the course of his next six games, striking out six times as well, while watching his batting average dip below the Mendoza Line.
After that, things looked quite a bit better. Chourio finished the month of April hitting safely in eight of his final nine games and reaching base safely in all of them. He also added a pair of doubles and added nine RBIs over that span.
Overall, Chourio batted .264 with a .298 on base percentage and .414 slugging percentage in the month of April. He also tallied eight runs, four doubles, three homers, and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
One thing that has been nice to see is that Chourio's strikeout rate hasn't risen significantly with his adjustment to Double-A. At 25.3%, it's higher than his High-A rate from last season (21.8%) but lower than his Low-A rate (28.0%). Regardless, that is a reasonable strikeout rate for a player of his nature.
Though he's not back to the torrid pace that he set when he broke into the minors last season, it appears that Chourio might be starting to settle in at the Double-A level. Perhaps in May, Brewers fans can see a lot more of the crazy Chourio highlights they were blessed with so many times last season.