Trade Central: White Sox Pick Up Chicagoan Tilson For Zach Duke
|WHITE SOX ACQUIRE Charlie Tilson, of Age: 23|
Tilson is a North Sider heading to the South Side. The Winnetka, Ill., native attended New Trier High, the same school where White Sox GM Rick Hahn prepped, and signed for $1.275 million as the Cardinals’ second-round pick (79th overall) in the 2011 draft. He missed the 2012 season with a torn labrum in his right, non-throwing, shoulder but has played at least 100 games every year since then, developing into a potential top-of-the-order hitter who profiles in center field.
With 70-grade speed his best tool, Tilson will sink or swim with his bat. He lacks power, with some scouts grading him a 30 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he has to develop enough pop to keep pitchers honest. His career isolated slugging of .099 puts him closer to Michael Bourn/Denard Span territory rather than true impact hitters.
While Tilson had a career-best 46 stolen bases in 2015, leading the Double-A Texas League, he also led the league with 19 caught stealings, and that’s his only 20-plus steal season. He had 15 steals in 18 attempts with Triple-A Memphis at the time of the trade. He has a below-average arm that is playable in center field, where he has above-average defensive ability.
|CARDINALS ACQUIRE Zach Duke, lhp Age: 33|
Duke, 33, was leading the American League in appearances with 53 and has evolved into a durable, effective reliever the last three years after spending the better part of his first seven seasons as a starter with the Pirates. A 2009 all-star with the Pirates, Duke now thrives as a lefty specialist who rarely gets squared up by lefthanded hitters.
Duke relies heavily on a two-seam fastball with good sink, and all his pitches (two- and four-seam fastballs, curveball, rarely-used changeup and slider) are geared for getting groundballs. Even though he has allowed a .264 average to same-side hitters in 2016, they have just three walks and a .082 ISO against him, as he's tough to elevate. Lefthanded hitters posted a .604 OPS against Duke in 2015 and .569 in 2014.
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