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Jackson Chorio will make the Opening Day roster for the Brewers

Jackson Chorio will make the Opening Day roster for the Brewers

The Brewers will carry the best prospects in the outfield Jackson Chorio On the opening day menu, Curt Hoag of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He's already on the 40-man roster after signing an eight-year extension during the offseason.

Chorio, born in March 2004, is likely the youngest player in the major leagues. However, it's no surprise that he's out of camp after signing an $82 million extension in December. As shown in MLBTR's Contract Tracker, this is the largest guarantee for a player who has not yet made his MLB debut. Chourio has only six games of Triple-A experience, but he put up above-average numbers in the Double-A Southern League a season ago.

The right-handed hitter compiled a .280/.336/.467 slash with 22 home runs and 43 steals over 559 plate appearances. This came against much older competition in the league where the pre-tested baseball increased breaking pitches and proved a challenge for hitters. Chorio fared better in the second half after the league's return to traditional baseball, including a scorching .388/.447/.718 showing in July.

This has cemented him among the best handful of young talents in the sport. Chourio ranked second or third on the Top 100 lists from Baseball America, FanGraphs, ESPN, The Athletic and MLB Pipeline this season. He is a potential center fielder with a rare combination of strength and athleticism.

To the extent that there is a risk with Koryo, it is that he has shown an aggressive style of play. He's walked at a modest 7.3% rate in Double-A, though that's not a major concern given his youth. Chorio maintained his batting average at 18.4% and showed off his physical talents.

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In 13 games this spring, he hit .283/.313/.348. He has three doubles, no homers, and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10:2. It's not overwhelming numbers, but it was an impressive enough performance to assure the front office that he is ready for a solid major league stint. There would be little reason to call him up if the club was not confident in his ability to continue in the everyday midfield role.

The Venezuelan native will be in the center of the talented outfield at American Family Field. Christian Yelich He should see the bulk of his time in left field with intermittent action at designated hitter. Former first round pick Garrett Mitchell He could slide into right field, where Milwaukee could turn to him as well Joey Weimer or Frelick asked. Their stock of outfield talent was enough that the Brewers considered moving Frelick to third base, despite the acquisition Joey Ortiz In the Corbin Burns The trade gives them the flexibility to keep the Boston College product on the outside turf if they want.

With two club options at the end of his eight-year guarantee, Milwaukee already has control of Chorio beyond his six-year service term. The Brewers could still benefit from a potential promotion incentive if he performs well enough to merit consideration.

Assuming Milwaukee keeps him in the majors for a full service year, Corio would earn the Brewers an additional pick at the end of the first round. if He won Rookie of the Year or finished in the top three in MVP voting during his first three seasons. This is definitely not an easy task. He faces an uphill battle in the Rookie of the Year race as Yoshinobu Yamamoto He is considered a favorite, and getting top three finishers is difficult for even the sport's elite players.

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