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White Sox to promote outfield prospect Charlie Tilson

White Sox to promote outfield prospect Charlie Tilson

The White Sox won’t waste any time to learn about new acquisition Charlie Tilson.

The New Trier High School product is expected to be promoted to the big leagues on Tuesday and join the team in Detroit two days after he was acquired, general manager Rick Hahn said. The outfielder, a second-round draft pick in 2011, was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Zach Duke on Sunday. The White Sox sent outfielder J.B. Shuck to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday to make room for Tilson.

“High character kid, plus speed, solid defense, very good bat-to-ball skills,” Hahn said. “We think he has a chance to potentially be an everyday guy out there in center, but it will come down to how that bat progresses.”

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Two scouts said Sunday they see Tilson as a fourth outfielder based on his bat.

MLB.com has Tilson ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the White Sox system. While it rates Tilson’s hit tool as a 55 on the 20-80 scale, his power is only at 30. At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, it’s doubtful Tilson, 23, would ever hit for power. But Tilson has proven to be a disciplined contact hitter in five minor league seasons. He has a career .293/.346/.392 slash line in 2085 plate appearances.

“There is certainly … a power element that is the one tool behind the others,” Hahn said. “In time we feel he could play an important role on a very good team. The extent of that role, we’ll figure out together in the coming months as he gets an opportunity.”

Tilson can play all three outfield positions. Hahn said he’d see a good amount of his playing time in center field to start.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.