Ht: 5’11” Wt: 195
Acquired: Drafted 2nd round in 2011 by St. Louis. Acquired from St. Louis in exchange for RP Zach Duke on July 31, 2016.
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #18 - 2017 Preseason
- In-person report with video, quotes, April 2018
- Podcast featuring interview of Tilson, May 2018
- All FutureSox content tagged Charlie Tilson
- Best Defensive Outfielder, STL system, 2012
- Midseason All Star, Florida State League, 2014
- Postseason All Star, Florida State League, 2014
- Midseason All Star, Texas League, 2015
- Postseason All Star, Texas League, 2015
The White Sox received outfielder Charlie Tilson in exchange for reliever Zach Duke just ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline. Tilson is a local product, growing up in Wilmette, IL and sharing alum status with Rick Hahn from New Trier High School. The outfielder also gets the added bonus of playing for his childhood team, having grown up a White Sox fan despite his Northside roots. Tilson was taken in the 2nd round (79th overall) of the 2011 draft. He missed his first pro season due to an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He breezed through A-Ball and reached Double-A Springfield as a 21-year-old. He struggled in his first taste at an advanced level (.593 OPS in 139 AB) but rebounded in his 2015 season with Springfield. He slashed .295/.351/.388 with 46 stolen bases, by far a career best for Tilson. He met a 2016 promotion to Triple-A Memphis with equal ease, hitting .282/.349/.407 over 100 games. His fairy tale trade and immediate call up to the White Sox took an unexpected turn when he tore his hamstring tracking down a long fly ball in his MLB debut. Tilson would miss the rest of the 2016 season after having surgery for the rupture, then all of 2017 with two seperate fractures. He did appear briefly in the 2017 AFL, but is now a year and a half removed from regular season ball.
Chicago did well to get the polished outfielder with a high floor from a Cardinals organization that is consistently known to churn out playable pieces. Tilson has shown an above average hit tool, with a smooth left-handed stroke and solid bat-to-ball skills. There’s very little swing-and-miss in his game as he featured 12.1% and 12.9% K-rates in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Putting the ball in play and taking his share of walks has given him a stable OBP profile throughout his time in the minors. Pair that with Tilson’s plus speed and there is certainly a path for him to make an impact at the highest level. An ability to play competent center field defense bolsters his resume. One thing holding Tilson back from being a premier prospect is his woeful lack of power. He’s posted an ISO above .100 in just two seasons, the latest of which coming in the notoriously hitter-friendly PCL. There’s not a lot of projection for more power in his frame and his swing has little leverage as is. Then there is the injury concern, given his recent history, not to mention quite a bit of rust for the now 25-year-old. It's hard to project where Tilson begins 2018, but he's in the mix for an MLB job.
Major League Outlook: Fourth outfielder, maybe second-division regular in CF
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