Interview: Cards OF prospect Charlie Tilson

Injured for all of the 2012 regular season, the top prospect outfielder is back and ready for 2013.

Charlie Tilson was excited to get on a baseball field again as an active player – even if it was only the recently-concluded St. Louis Cardinals' instructional league camp in Jupiter, Fla.

2012 was mostly a washout the 19-year-old. The brief time he played for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Johnson City last season after St. Louis drafted him in the second round out of New Trier High School in north suburban Chicago was infinitely longer than his active time this season.

Near the end of spring training, the outfielder dislocated his right, non-throwing shoulder and tore the labrum making a diving catch. Tilson had surgery to repair the labrum in mid-May.

During instructional league camp, Tilson spoke about his injury, rehab and view of 2013 and beyond.


Link to earlier interviews in this series:
Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator Brent Strom
Cardinals minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May
Cardinals New York-Penn League manager Dann Bilardello
Cardinals international director Moises Rodriguez
Springfield manager Mike Shildt
Johnson City manager Oliver Marmol
Cardinals third base prospect Patrick Wisdom

What's coming next? Other exclusive interviews ahead in this series include James Ramsey, Carson Kelly and Steve Bean.

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