With the Aug. 1 trade deadline quickly approaching, the White Sox have made their first move in sending Zach Duke to the Cardinals for outfielder Charlie Tilson.
Tilson, a Wilmette native who attended New Trier high School, was drafted in the second round by the Cardinals in 2011. He also grew up a White Sox fan.
Through 100 games for AAA Memphis, Tilson has batted .282 with a .345 on base percentage, 15 stolen bases and eight triples.
With his good speed and plate vision, Tilson has spent 72 of his starts as a lead-off batter. He does not put up extraordinary power numbers, but has hit the ball out of the park every now and then, most recently in a walk-off against the Iowa Cubs.
Tilson entered 2016 as the Cardinals 12 ranked prospect, but has instantly cracked a top five prospects list since coming to the White Sox at number five.
According to Barstool Sports, who reportedly spoke with his mother, Tilson will be active for the team’s upcoming series against the Detroit Tigers.