Twitter: @Tilson4 ... Is a 2011 graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., where he was named Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after batting .406 with 41 runs scored and 28 steals. ...Also played football in high school ... Signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at the University of Illinois before being drafted.
Missed the season due to right foot and right ankle injuries ... Did not play in the spring due to a stress reaction in his right foot … opened the season on the 10-day disabled list (retro to 3/30) … was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 4/22 ... Was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right ankle on 6/30 … was reinstated on 11/2 ... Played for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League, going 6-32 (.188) with two doubles, four RBI, seven walks and one steal.
Spent most of the season with Class AAA Memphis in the St. Louis organization and appeared in one game with the White Sox before suffering a season-ending injury on 8/2. Was acquired by the Sox from the Cardinals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Zach Duke on 7/31. Was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte on 8/2 and made his major-league debut that night as the starting center fielder at Detroit … went 1-2, including his first major-league hit (single off Anibal Sanchez) before departing the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a torn left hamstring injury suffered chasing down a fly ball. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 8/3 and underwent season-ending surgery to repair the hamstring on 8/4. Became the fifth Sox player to suffer an injury before or during his season debut, following OF Jason Coats, INF Matt Davidson, C Kevan Smith and OF Jason Coats. Appeared in 100 games with Memphis … was tied for eighth in the Pacific Coast League with eight triples at the time of the trade … hit .380 (38-100) vs. left-handers. Played in 65 games in center field and 35 in left. Recorded a season-high four hits on 5/26 at Salt Lake and 7/14 at Albuquerque. 2015 SEASON
Played in a team-high and career-high 134 games at Springfield (AA), starting 128 in centerfield…Selected to the Texas League All-Star Game North Squad. Started in centerfield, batted second, and was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a stolen base. Also named Texas League Post-season All-Star…Led the Texas League in stolen bases (46), hits (159), triples (9) and at-bats (539)…Ranked among Texas League leaders in batting (.294, 9th), games played (134, T3rd), runs (85, 3rd) and toughest to strikeout (1 SO/8.25 PA, 4th)…Led all Cardinals minor leaguers with 85 runs scored and 159 hits. Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in triples (9, 3rd) and stolen bases (46, 2nd)…Tied for the Texas League high with an 18-game hitting streak from July 8-26, batting .347 (26-75) during the streak. It was one of his three hitting streaks of 12 games or more during the season…Reached base safely in 27 straight games from June 27 to July 26 totaling a .415 on-base percentage, tied for the 4th-longest streak in the league…Scored in five straight games twice during the season (7/11-16 & 7/29-8/2)…Had two four-hit games, both at Frisco (5/26 & 8/14), while collecting 41 multi-hit games and 16 games with two or more runs…Ran off eight games with two or more stolen bases including a season-high three thefts vs. Tulsa (5/21)…Led Texas League outfielders in total chances (333) and putouts (316), while ranking T6th with 10 outfield assists…Played in 15 games for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League. Batted .203 with 14 runs scored and was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts with nine walks.
Combined to hit .289 (147-509) with 12 doubles, nine triples, seven homers, 53 RBI, 73 runs scored, 12 steals and a .333 on-base percentage over 120 games between Class A Palm Beach and Springfield ... Began the season with Palm Beach (89 games) before being promoted to Springfield on 7/22 … was selected to the Florida State League mid and postseason All-Star teams ... Tied for the FSL lead in triples (eight) and ranked second in average (.308) … started the FSL All-Star Game in center field ... Was selected to play for Peoria in the AFL but did not participate due to a foot injury ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 9 Prospect in the Cardinals system.
Spent most of the season with Class A Peoria (100 games) and also appeared with Palm Beach (nine games) ... Combined to hit .302/.352/.388 with seven triples, four home runs, 30 RBI, 15 stolen bases, 50 runs scored and 30 walks over 109 games between Class A Peoria and Palm Beach ... Batted a season-high .330 (30-91) with four triples, two home runs and seven RBI in August … recorded his first career multihomer game on 8/15 at Wisconsin ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the Fastest Baserunner in the Cardinals organization.
Missed the entire season due to a separated right shoulder suffered attempting to make a diving catch during an extended spring training game ... Was rated by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Outfielder in the Cardinals system.
Made his pro debut with Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Advanced Rookie Johnson City, going 9-27 (.333) in eight games ... Was signed by Kris Gross (Cardinals).