Not physically imposing but solidly built. Not much projection left or additional room for growth in his frame.
4/5, 4/28, 5/12, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/7/14
Palm Beach Cardinals (High A, Cardinals)
50, major league regular
Quiet, traditional left-handed stance; above-average bat speed. Short to the ball and uses the whole field. Takes what the pitcher gives him and sprays line drives in all directions. Understands his strengths and stays within himself. Hits down on the ball - almost a slap hitter - in order to use speed. Will bunt for a hit.
Makes no attempt to drive the ball. Has bat speed to turn on inside pitch and drive one over the fence, but won't do it with any frequency. Power is limited by ground ball approach at the plate. Won't hit double-digit home runs.
Consistently in the 4.0-4.05 range from home to first base from the left side. Gets to full speed quickly. Quick first step. Not assertive as a base stealer. Does not always look to run in obvious running opportunities.
Enough speed to man center field. Gets good jumps. Should be able to stay up the middle. Above-average defender but not a game-changer.
Average arm. Not an asset but not a liability either. Enough for center field.
Because of his lack of power, Tilson will never be a middle-of-the order, impact-type bat. He should, however, hit enough to remain in the lineup, perhaps at the top of it if his plate discipline continues to make strides. A hit/speed combination like Tilson's is rare, so he'll be able to get by without the power production, and as an up the middle player he'll bring value to the table even with single-digit home runs.