Meet OF Charlie Tilson

*As April approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

OF Charlie Tilson   Ht: 5’11   Wt: 175   Bats: Left  Throws: Left
DOB: 12/02/92
Twitter: @Tilson4
Residence: Wilmette, IL
Acquired: Drafted in 2nd round (79th overall) in 2011
School: New Trier High School (IL)

Ranked by Baseball America as the #19 Cardinals prospect and best defensive outfielder.

 Professional Career

  • 2012: Ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals #15 prospect, before the season
  • Missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a right shoulder injury in Extended Spring Training
  • Returned for Instructional League in the fall after surgery
  • 2011: Drafted in the second round and signed in mid-August, Tilson hit .333 in 2011 in eight professional games
  • Played four games in both Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League going 9-for-27 with five RBI, two doubles and four runs scored.

High School 

  • At New Trier High School he was named the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and was committed to the University of Illinois before signing with the Cardinals
  • Led the NTHS Trevians with a .406 average in 2011 while stealing 30 bases and scoring 42 runs as the team fell in the Sectional Championship.
  • In 2009 New Trier won the state championship as Tilson hit .409 with one homer, six doubles, 23 RBI and 41 runs scored while also going 1-1 with a 0.33 ERA in 21 innings on the mound.


  •  Starred in the 2010 Area Code Games for Chicagoland in Long Beach, CA and stole seven bases in three games
  • In February 2011 he played in the Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60 showcase
  • Tilson  signed with the Cardinals on August 15, 2011 on the final day draft picks could sign
  • Tilson also played football (WR/KR) at New Trier high school

Professional Career Highs

Hits: 2, July 31 at GCL Nationals
Runs: 2, July 31 at GCL Nationals
Home Runs: None
RBI: 2, August 28, 2011 vs. Burlington
Doubles: 1, many times
Triples: None
Walks: 1, many times
Strikeouts: 1, many times
Stolen Bases: 1, August 20, 2011 at GCL Astros
Hit Streak: 4, August 26-29, 2011 (current)

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