It’s hard to say which of Jaison Chourio’s tools is the most intriguing.
The 18-year-old center fielder has been turning heads and checking boxes since signing with the Guardians out of Venezuela in 2022. He is the younger brother of Brewers top prospect Jackson Chourio.
Last year in the Dominican Summer League, the switch-hitting Chourio hit .280/.446/.402 with one home run and 14 stolen bases in 40 games.
This year in the Arizona Complex League he fully blossomed. Through 29 games he hit .364/.493/.509 with a homer and 12 steals.
“Offensively, he has a patient approach coupled with the ability to put the bat on the ball consistently,” Guardians assistant general manager James Harris said. “Because of this, he has shown the ability to drive the baseball and will continue to grow into his power.”
So far, the 6-foot-1, 162-pound Chourio’s power has been minimal, but he makes up for it with his excellent strike-zone judgment, and his ability to consistently get on base.
“Jaison comes from an accomplished baseball family and works hard with his brother in the offseason to sharpen his skills,” Harris said.
Chourio has played all three outfield positions. His speed and athleticism play best in center.
“He’s already a plus runner and carries this trait into his work in center field,” Harris said.
Though Chourio will probably never hit for a lot of power, the Guardians feel there is still some potential for him to flash the occasional long ball.
“He continues to work with our physical development team to add strength and power,” Harris said.
Chourio has both tools and time on his side.