Pair of Top 100 prospects to rep Guardians at Futures Game

Like Velazquez, Chourio is also projected by MLB Pipeline to debut in ’27. But unlike his teammate, Chourio has been in Cleveland’s organization since ’22 after he was signed out of Venezuela. The outfielder has had the benefit of learning from his older brother, Jackson, who made headlines this year by signing a record $82 million contract before making his big league debut. Growing up, that challenged him to try to compete with an older and bigger player who had incredible talent. It helped him establish the confidence of knowing he can compete with anybody, and so far, that’s what he’s carried into his pro career.

Chourio is known more for his hit ability over his power, but MLB Pipeline experts believe if he adds more muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame, he could be a player who hits 15-20 homers a year. For now, it’s about his contact and his speed. He’s hit .273 with a .787 OPS, 20 doubles, three homers and 49 RBIs in 69 games this season. But what’s most impressive is his speed, swiping 26 bases in 32 attempts.

“Athletic center fielder. Can also play on the corners, as well,” Harris said. “Big body. Different from a lot of the frames that you’ve seen in our organization before, but [he’s] just as versatile an athlete all over the field. He’s a really exciting player. I hate to do comps or anything like that, but we really like him.”