Chourio's homer sets Double-A Biloxi RBI record

August 24th, 2023

For most of the season, had been the youngest player at Double-A. After the Padres' 17-year-old Ethan Salas moved up to the level Tuesday night, MLB's No. 2 overall prospect upgraded his stature to Double-A Biloxi's all-time RBI leader on Wednesday.

And the 19-year-old outfielder didn't do it in any garden-variety way, he launched his 18th homer for his 75th and 76th RBIs of his Shuckers' tenure.

In the bottom of the third inning with one on, the top Brewers prospect took a hanging 81 mph breaking ball off Pensacola right-hander M.D. Johnson (Marlins) over the left-field fence at MGM Park.

“Anytime anybody breaks a record – especially at his age – it is pretty impressive,” Biloxi hitting coach Chuckie Caufield said. “He’s only 19 in Double-A, and what this kid is able to do … we’re all just blessed to get to watch play every day. I've coached some pretty good players here before him, but to see him set the record is pretty cool.”

The homer gave him sole possession of the Shuckers' record, bypassing Corey Ray, who posted 74 RBIs in 2018. With just under a month remaining in the season, Chourio should have many chances to boost that mark.

He already has racked up 34 stolen bases and stands two homers away from making the 20-20 club this year. He would be the first teenager in the top two levels of the Minors to hit that plateau since Delmon Young in 2005 with Double-A Montgomery. Chourio already is the first teen with 18 homers in a single Double-A season since Young that same year.

“You have to be impressed with his body of work,” Caufield said of Chourio. “There’s a lot of young players that play at this level that have not done what he's done in the game. He has just about every tool that a player can have. He’s got speed, the ability to throw, he can hit, runs well. I don't think there's a ceiling for him.”

Chourio also laced his 20th double in the seventh for his fifth multihit game of the month as Biloxi fell to visiting Pensacola, 11-2. In 102 games this season, the Venezuela native has amassed a slash line of .281/.335/.464.

Caufield believes the productive season is a result of improved strike-zone management.

“He's getting better and better and staying in the strike zone,” he said. “When he gets pitches in the zone, he does a good job of putting the barrel to it. He has really good hands and a fast bat, and those are two components that you would love to have -- for any hitter. As he continues to grow his game and make strides with plate discipline, he's gonna continue to put up those kinds of numbers.”