Charlie Tilson delivering on his promise

Peoria Chiefs outfielder Charlie Tilson discusses his performance in his first full professional season.

Though outfielder Charlie Tilson was drafted out an Illinois high school over two years ago - in the second round of the 2011 draft - this is his first full season playing professional baseball. After the 20-year-old missed all of 2012 due to a shoulder injury and despite just 27 professional at-bats, Tilson was challenged by his placement at full-season Peoria to open the 2013 season.

The second-youngest player on the Chiefs (only fellow outfielder C.J. McElroy is younger), Tilson has performed well for manager Dann Bilardello's club. Though he has also played some left and right, Tilson is Peoria's regular centerfielder.

Usually batting second behind McElroy, the left-handed hitter has raised his average until it is hovering right at the .300 mark, currently .299. Since adjusting to the league and playing again everyday (.243 in April), Tilson's average since May 1 is .313. Having drawn 21 walks on the season gives him a season OBP of .343.

In the following exclusive interview, Tilson discusses his progress since returning to the field in the instructional league last fall.


Coming soon

This concludes the Peoria interview series, but a number of Memphis, Springfield and St. Louis subjects remain ahead.

Previously posted

Peoria pitcher Mike Mayers
Peoria-Palm Beach 3B Patrick Wisdom
Peoria pitching coach Jason Simontacchi
Peoria manager Dann Bilardello

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