The Chicago White Sox are responsible for giving lots of different players an MLB opportunity over the last decade or so. Some of it is because of bad decision making and more of it is because of the rebuild where the White Sox really wanted to learn what they have in the organization.
That was the case for Charlie Tilson. He played in 162 Chicago White Sox games spread out over a few years. Of course, there were a lot of Minor League stints involved there as well. Most of his MLB action came during the rebuild while the White Sox were developing top prospects.
You might remember former Chicago White Sox pitcher Zach Duke. Tilson was acquired by the White Sox from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Duke. The Cardinals made Tilson their 2011 second-round draft pick before trading him away.
Guys like Tilson deserve mad respect from White Sox fans. These dudes ate up innings while the team worked on the future. Yes, they were trying to further their careers but we all knew relatively early why Charlie Tilson was getting a fair amount of at-bats.
The Chicago White Sox had Charlie Tilson playing during the rebuild.
He hasn’t suited up in a regular-season MLB game since 2019. In that season, he did not play very well for the Sox. He only slashed .229/.293/.285 for an OPS of .578. He hit one home run and had 12 RBIs that season as well. It would have been cool to see it work out for him but it wasn’t meant to be.
He did, however, newly find a job in the world of baseball. He signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Dogs who are an independent professional team. The Dogs play in Rosemont, Illinois as members of the American Association of Professional Baseball. That means they are an official partner league of Major League Baseball.
This is a good move for Tilson. He is going to a team that could use someone like him. The Dogs won their division in 2021 and Tilson should help them move forward. He wasn’t as successful in the Major League but he should be able to dominate a league like this.
If Tilson is able to stay healthy, this is going to prove to be a great addition to the team. There is no lockout there so he is for sure going to play some baseball in 2022. If the MLB doesn’t come back, Tilson’s new club is a lot of fun to follow if you are looking for a baseball fix.