Chourio just getting hotter and hotter in July

July 19th, 2023

The only thing that can apparently stop this month was his appearance in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game.

MLB Pipeline's No. 2 overall prospect went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles in Double-A Biloxi's 13-6 win over host Montgomery on Tuesday.

It marked Chourio's second consecutive three-hit game to continue his scorching July. So far this month, the 19-year-old outfielder is batting .368 with a .684 slugging percentage. He's only been slowed by an 0-for-4 appearance in the Futures Game on July 8.

According to Biloxi development coach Christian Correa, tweaks to Chourio’s approach at the plate have contributed to his hot streak.

“He’s been very steady, very consistent," Correa said. "Me and our hitting coach, Chuckie Caufield, we talked a little bit about him comparing video from last year to this year to see the difference in what he is doing. He made the adjustment, and you can tell stuff is paying off. He’s hitting the ball very hard.”

Milwaukee's top prospect started his night by skying a double (his 15th of the year) to right field against right-hander Sean Hunley (Rays). Chourio smoked another double in the fourth – this one to center against lefty Antonio Jimenez.

One inning later, he capped a home run trifecta for the Shuckers. After long balls by Lamar Sparks and fifth-ranked Brewers prospect Tyler Black, Chourio added his 13th of the season against Jimenez.

"We had a really good approach as a team, and it showed tonight as you could see throughout the whole lineup," Correa said. "I think we had 16, 17 hits with a good pitching staff on the other side. It's good to have days like that."

The Venezuela native reached on a walk in the sixth. The Shuckers were already leading, 13-3, but who could blame the Biscuits after Chourio’s previous trips to the plate?

In only his third professional season, Chourio has made a name for himself. He ended the 2022 campaign as the youngest player in Double-A and started this year with that distinction as well.

Despite his age, he certainly looks comfortable at that level – tonight’s breakout offensive performance is a testament. He stands second in the Southern League with 83 hits, one off the pace set by Pensacola's Troy Johnston. Chourio also is in a four-way tie for third place on the circuit with 54 RBIs and is tied for fifth in stolen bases with 23.