New Trier’s Tilson, Acquired From Cardinals, is Newest Sox Outfield Prospect
Monday, August 1, 2016
Tilson Calling Cards: Speed and Defense
The White Sox yesterday acquired outfielder Charlie Tilson (pictured above) from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for lefty reliever Zach Duke. Tilson is a native of Wilmette, Illinois and graduate of New Trier High in Winnetka.
Tilson, 23, is hitting .282 with 16 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 34 RBI, 53 runs scored, 15 stolen bases and a .345 on-base percentage over 100 games with Class AAA Memphis this season. His eight triples are tied for the third-most in the Pacific Coast League. Tilson is hitting .380 vs. left-handers in 2016.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Tilson spent the entire 2015 season with Class AA Springfield and was named a Texas League All-Star after hitting .295 with 20 doubles, nine triples, four homers, 32 RBI, 85 runs scored, 46 stolen bases and a .351 on-base percentage. He led the TL in stolen bases, hits, triples and at-bats, and led Cardinals’ farmhands in runs scored and hits.
Tilson was named to the Florida State League All-Star team in 2014, and was rated by Baseball America as the Fastest Baserunner in the Cardinals organization in 2013 and the Best Defensive Outfielder in 2012.
Tilson is a career .293 hitter with 59 doubles, 33 triples, 19 home runs, 154 RBI, 265 runs scored, 89 stolen bases and a .346 on-base percentage in 471 games over five seasons (2011-13, ’14-16) in the St. Louis minor-league system. He originally was selected by the Cardinals in the second round (79th overall) of the June 2011 MLB Draft.
Quote of the Day
Sox GM Rick Hahn on Tilson:
“Charlie is a left-handed hitting outfielder whose speed and defensive ability enable him to do a number of things well to help his team win ball games. We have liked him as a player since the Cardinals selected him out of New Trier in the second round in 2011.”
Melky Cabrera continued his hot hitting with a double, a pair of singles, a walk and an RBI. He was 8 for 14 in the series…Catcher Omar Narvaez collected a pair of singles with a run batted in…Tim Anderson had a pair of base hits as the Sox dropped the series finale to the Twins, 6-4.
Cabrera is hitting .378 over his last 29 games and .357 with 16 doubles, five homers and 25 RBI in his last 43.
After today’s off day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit for a three-game series.
Tale of the tape:
Tomorrow (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-12, 4.68) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.56) for Detroit.
Wednesday (6:08 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17) for the Sox, RHP Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50) for the Tigers.
Thursday (12:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (8–8, 2.89) for the Sox, TBA for Detroit.
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