Charlie Tilson continued to progress during the 2016 campaign. In his first taste of the Triple-A level, the former second-round draft pick pieced together a solid .282/.345/.407 line thanks to the fact that over a quarter of his hits went for extra bases. Despite this strong performance, the Cardinals' outfield was jam-packed, which led the Cards to deal him to the White Sox over the summer. This move turned out to be great for Tilson, as he was immediately sent to Chicago to make his major league debut. It only lasted two at-bats before he tore his hamstring running down a flyball, ending his season. The 24-year-old has proven that he can hit pitching at each level of the minor leagues, and given the middling production from Avisail Garcia in right field last season, Tilson has a legitimate chance to garner a starting role out of spring training. His excellent plate discipline (33:51 BB:K) paired with decent speed could make for an intriguing under-the-radar outfield option.
Tilson suffered a stress reaction in his right foot on Friday and will be shut down for at least 10 days, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. It's an unfortunate spring training setback for the young outfielder who missed nearly the entire 2016 season with a torn hamstring. The White Sox have announced that the injury is described as a "reaction" and not a "fracture", which seems to be a good sign. He will be re-evaluated in 10 days.
Tilson has the inside track on the starting center-field job, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tilson is physically fine after the outfielder underwent season-ending surgery last year to repair a torn hamstring. "We'd all like to see what he can do on a regular basis in center," Hahn said. Speed is a big part of Tilson's game, so he could be a cheap source of steals if he wins a starting job.
Tilson's hamstring injury has completely healed, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports. Tilson arrived at training camp early, motivated to win the starting outfield job. The offseason trade of Adam Eaton to Washington opens up center field and Tilson is considered a favorite to the win job if he can stay healthy.
Tilson (hamstring) took part in the organization's hitters' minicamp last week in Glendale (Ariz.) without restriction. Tilson's debut stint in the majors in 2016 lasted exactly two plate appearances before he tore a hamstring chasing down a flyball. He plans to remain in Glendale through this weekend to hit some benchmarks running. A healthy Tilson should emerge out of spring training with the starting job in center field.
Tilson has a torn left hamstring and will undergo season-ending surgery Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports. This is a little heartbreaking for the rookie outfielder, as he was traded to his hometown team, called up to make his big league debut Tuesday, and promptly tore his hamstring in the fifth inning of his first game. He will be out of sight out of mind for the rest of 2016, but given the White Sox's lack of internal outfield depth, Tilson could compete for the starting center field job in spring training next year. He is excellent at making contact and has enough speed to steal 20-30 bases over a full season in the majors.