SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson, the White Sox No. 19 prospect, made his Major League debut on August 2, 2016. He notched a single in his first at-bat but left the game two innings later after tearing his left hamstring.On Thursday, in just his sixth game since missing the entire
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson, the White Sox No. 19 prospect, made his Major League debut on August 2, 2016. He notched a single in his first at-bat but left the game two innings later after tearing his left hamstring.
On Thursday, in just his sixth game since missing the entire 2017 regular season, Tilson reached base four times to help the Glendale Desert Dogs defeat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-2, in Arizona Fall League action.
"I feel really good," Tilson said. "I'm really happy to have this opportunity. I think getting acclimated to baseball movements is good for me and my development."
Tilson capped a four-run third inning with an RBI ground-rule double to left field. He ended the day 1-for-2 with three walks and an RBI. While the stat line doesn't jump off the page, for Tilson it was big for his confidence.
"I haven't played in a long time and I'm just trying to get comfortable," Tilson said. "I feel good even when the hits aren't falling, being up there and competing. It's something to build on for sure. I feel like I'm getting better each day and I'm just enjoying being out here."
Indians prospect Sean Brady tossed 4 2/3 innings for the Desert Dogs, allowing two runs. His quick delivery continuously kept Surprise hitters off balance as the southpaw was able to keep Glendale in the lead.
His opponent, Royals prospect Zach Lovvorn, struggled to find the zone in this outing. He lasted 2 2/3 innings, walking four and allowing five runs, only one of which was earned.
Dodgers No. 17 prospect DJ Peters hit a home run for the second straight game to end the scoring for the Desert Dogs in the fourth. His homer down the left-field line was a rocket, leaving his bat at 116 mph, according to Trackman, and touching the ground approximately 450 feet beyond home plate.
Cardinals No 12 prospect Edmundo Sosa was one of the few bright spots for the Saguaros, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. Surprise was limited to six hits on the day and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The win for Glendale put the two teams in a tie for second place in the division, trailing the Peoria Javelinas. Both Glendale and Surprise are five games back with six games left to play on the season. The top teams from the East and West divisions will face off in a championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Matt McClure is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.