The offseason is upon us, and most MLB players are still resting after a long season.
That’s not the case for Cleveland Guardians outfield prospect Jaison Chourio.
Chourio is just 18, but he knows that he is in a crucial stage of his development.
That’s why he is already working on his physique back home in Venezuela.
“#Guardians 18yr old OF prospect Jaison Chourio working out back home in Venezuela. One thing lacking from Chourio’s game is power. As you can see he is not a small young man listed at 6’1 when he signed at 16 he has plenty of room to add good weight to his frame,” Guardians Prospective tweeted.
#Guardians 18yr old OF prospect Jaison Chourio working out back home in Venezuela. One thing lacking from Chourio's game is power. As you can see he is not a small young man listed at 6'1 when he signed at 16 he has plenty of room to add good weight to his frame.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/NSyLBrnuGy
— Guardians Prospective (@CleGuardPro) November 20, 2023
As the tweet suggests, Chourio, the brother of MLB’s second-best prospect Jackson Chourio from the Milwaukee Brewers organization, has a very projectable frame that is ideal to add bulk and, therefore, power.
If there is a tool in Chourio’s game that is still missing, it’s game power.
The raw power is there to be developed, though, through a good workout regime, nutrition, and perhaps optimizing his swing mechanics.
The early results of his 2023 campaign were excellent, though.
The younger Chourio, the one in the Guardians organization, had an incredible showing in the Complex League, with a .349/.476/.463 line, a 147 wRC+ (100 is considered league-average performance) and 19 stolen bases in 39 games.
The Guardians then promoted him to full-season ball, Single-A, and he finally struggled a bit with a below-average 65 wRC+ in nine games.
2024 will be crucial for him, as he will likely have his first full season in A-ball against tougher competition.
At 18, he is one of the Guardians’ best prospects though.
Keep an eye on him.