The Jackson Chourio experience is inching every closer to the major leagues. His performance in the Venezuelan Winter League is just another example of it.
Chourio, the top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers system and a top five prospect in all of baseball, has been making waves for two years now. The hype began when he hit affiliated ball for the first time in May of 2022 as an 18-year-old at Low-A Carolina.
He would dominate at that level and the High-A level as well after receiving a midseason promotion. He would end his season at Double-A and even though he would run out of gas a bit in the end, he would still finish with a very impressive .288/.342/.538 slash line with 20 homers and 75 RBIs.
Chourio would resume his foray into Double-A in 2023 and after a slow start would catch fire the rest of the way. He would briefly touch Triple-A to end the season, slashing a combined .283/.338/.467 with 22 homers, 91 RBIs, and 44 steals. With a second solid minor league season in the books, it was off to the Venezuelan Winter League for the third consecutive year.
So far, top Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio is tearing it up in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Chourio has been playing in Venezuela during the winter ever since he was 17. And while he has been turning heads here in the states, his numbers in Venezuela the previous two seasons have been more pedestrian.
Well, that is no longer the case. Chourio is off to a blazing hot start to begin the season there. In 12 games, he is slashing .391/.472/.565 (that's a 1.037 OPS for those counting at home) with five of his 18 hits going for extra bases (three doubles, a triple, and a homer).
What might be even more impressive is his much improved patience at the plate. After racking up many more strikeouts than walks in his first two seasons in the winter league (33 strikeouts to seven walks), this time around he so far has more free passes (six) than punchouts (five).
If all continues to go well, this could be the last time Chourio plays in the league for a while. Even if the stud prospect begins his 2024 season at the Triple-A level, on his current trajectory he is bound to make his MLB debut at some point next season. Once that happens, the Brewers will likely start putting different limits on his offseason activity.
Until then, though, Brewers fans can enjoy watching him demolish baseballs in all kinds of different leagues. It's the next best thing besides eventually watching him do so in Milwaukee.