Tilson, 23, is batting .237/.314/.356 with one home run, eight RBI and seven steals in 38 games for Triple-A Memphis.
Randal Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker have come back down to earth in centerfield for the Cardinals, but Tilson is not exactly lighting it up at Triple-A either. Tilson is a speedster who swiped 46 bags in 2015 at Double-A, but he also hit .295 at that level.
Charlie Tilson was optioned to minor league camp Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
This isn't all that surprising, as the outfielder hasn't played above the Double-A level in his career. It's currently unclear whether he'll head to Double-A or Triple-A, but he could be in line to head to Triple-A Memphis after posting a .739 OPS with 46 stolen bases with Double-A Springfield last season.
Tilson was promoted to the 40-man roster in order to avoid being selected by another team in the Rule 5 draft. The 22-year-old speed demon put together a solid campaign with Double-A Springfield, recording a .295/.351/.388 slash line to go along with four home runs, 32 RBI and 46 stolen bases. St. Louis is relatively set in the outfield, but Tilson provides valuable organizational depth, and he has the skills to be a leadoff hitter down the road.
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|2011||R-Johnson City Cardina||4||15||2||7||2||0||0||4||1||1||0||0||.500||.600||.467|
|2013||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||9||34||1||10||1||1||0||0||5||6||0||0||.385||.382||.294|
|2014||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||89||370||54||114||8||8||5||36||24||76||10||7||.357||.414||.308|