Here’s the good thing about not having a top prospect for 2024 fantasy baseball in the traditional sense: There’s instead ten guys who could be the top prospect and this class could be better than any of the previous few. Jackson Chourio could be Ronald Acuña Jr. or not be up until September, and be lined up to be the top prospect for next year. Jackson Chourio was bursting from the seams in Double-A this year with 22/43/.280 line and an 18.4% strikeout rate. That’s wacko, Jacko. They are absolutely not making hitters like they used to make them. They used to be in the Create A Player Factory and make a guy like Pedro Alvarez, and be like, “He hit 24 homers and .210, that’s a success.” And you’d be like, “Are you sure?” And they’d be like, “He won Player of the Week once, how much do you want?” Now the players are like, “I wonder if he can go 25/50 his first season and hit 60 homers and steal 90 bags by year three.” Yeah, things are nuts in the world of baseball prospects. Exciting times. No, I didn’t say Jackson Chourio could be Acuña as a goof. Of course, not in 2024, or, dramatic pause, can he? Or rather: So, what can we expect from Jackson Chourio for 2024 fantasy baseball?
First off, the doozies for the eyeballs:
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) August 24, 2023
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) August 25, 2023
If they revealed hitters started using aluminum bats, I wouldn’t be shocked. Is he even swinging hard in these clips? Ugh, I need to show another:
Jackson Chourio homered. For a walk-off dinger.
The top prospect in baseball, folks. pic.twitter.com/rxyrRUHHFl
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) April 12, 2023
These are ridiculous. Think this Jackson could be better than that other Jackson. Yes, Chourio over Holliday. In case there’s a Jackson Off. A Jacks-Off, so to speak. Jackson Chourio’s steals are just as goofy as the power. He runs like the wind. He runs more than he hits for power. And, boy, does he hit for power.
As a 19-year-old last year, he had a 18.4% strikeout rate, as I repeat what I said in the opening for emphasis. This is not real. He’s a top five overall in fantasy guy within two years. If he were going to break camp with the club, he’s a top 50 overall pick in redraft leagues, but that brings us to the almighty caveat: When will he be playing with the Brewers? Think it could be as early as end of May, and, as said earlier, it could be as late as September. He’s so young! He was born in 2004. I started Razzball when he was three years old. Ha, kill me now! Actually, don’t bother, Father Time will get my stupid ass. For 2024 fantasy, I’ll give Jackson Chourio projections of 37/9/33/.257/17 in 319 ABs, but there’s a huge amount of upside here that’s not being shown in the projections, but, just enough down side if the Brewers drag their feet on promoting him. Random Prediction Alert! He won’t be up until June, and he will still be in the Rookie of the Year conversation. If he were a lock for Opening Day, he would easily be my top prospect.