Cardinals Prospect Interview: Charlie Tilson

In just his second full pro season, the Cardinals outfield prospect is a young veteran at Palm Beach.

It is easy to forget that Palm Beach outfielder Charlie Tilson is still early on in his learning curve as a professional baseball player. 2014 is just his second full season in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

The 21-year-old was drafted out an Illinois high school three years ago - in the second round of the 2011 draft. But Tilson missed all of 2012 due to a shoulder injury and despite just 27 professional at-bats, he was challenged by his placement at full-season Peoria to open the 2013 season. After excelling in the Midwest League, the left-handed hitter received a final-month promotion to the Florida State League, the level to which he returned to open 2014.

In between, Tilson was named The Cardinal Nation's 13th-ranked prospect in the system and he was an invitee to both Fall Instructional League camp and the STEP camp, Spring Training Early Program.

Last season, Tilson was the second-youngest player on the Peoria Chiefs behind only fellow outfielder C.J. McElroy, and this season, he is the youngest Beach Bird. Reunited with 2013 Peoria manager Dann Bilardello, Tilson is producing as the Palm Beach's regular leadoff man and centerfielder.

In the following exclusive interview, Tilson discusses his progress in his return to the Florida State League and much more.

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