47. Chicago White Sox: Kes Carter, OF, Western Kentucky. Chicago needs everything, and Carter is a potential power/speed package with a quick lefty bat. Local high school product Charlie Tilson could come into play, as he’s looking more signable than had been anticipated.
The WKU paper calls Carter a five-tool player, but FutureSox says his only above average tool may be speed. Sounds like another Jerry ‘I’ll steal 100 Bases’ Owens.
BTW, here are both FutureSox’ 2001 Draft Previews:
And here’s the MLB Draft Central.
Stance/Hit Approach: Upright stance with slight spread, toe-tap stride, level swing plane. … SUMMATION: Physically projectable left-handed hitting centerfielder with plus bat and speed gives him chance to become everyday ML CF. Good, wiry body and loose athletic actions. Bat gives him potential to play everyday; speed and defense gives him chance to be good left-handed ML bench candidate.
Tilson has a smooth swing and is quick to the ball, tending to shoot the ball in the gap with an opposite-field approach. He has below-average power and does need to gain some strength. He plays center field right now and could be an average defender there in the future. The accuracy of his fringe-average arm should allow him to play center or left field capably. His size and strength might deter some, as could a strong commitment to college, but any Gardner or Ellsbury fans out there might give Tilson a try.
Committed to Illinois. … A top-level prospect, Tilson has the tools to play at a high level. The 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder does it all well – and does it very easily. He can really run, as he showed with his 6.6 60. His athleticism, coupled with his tremendous outfield instincts and a solid arm, makes him the best outfield prospect we’ve seen in the 2011 class. At the plate, he had the best round of BP of all players, regardless of class at an indoor event, showcasing extremely quick hands, a quiet setup, a compact stroke and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Tilson, who batted third for New Trier in its Class 4A state-title run as a sophomore, was also impressive on the mound. He has the ability to three pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 83 and a decent curveball. As solid as he was on the mound, make no mistake, his future is as a position player.
There are fast guys who play baseball and there are baseball players who are fast. Charlie Tilson is a baseball player who is fast (6.54-60). Tilson emerged onto the national scene last summer at the Area Code Games. He was impressive throughout the event and was the only player to homer in a game. Tilson is one of the top athletes available in the draft. Tilson is a line drive hitter with a compact swing. He has quick hands, good bat speed and hits to all fields. Once on base, Tilson is a skilled baserunner. In the outfield, Tilson covers plenty of ground and takes good routes. His arm is, at best, average. Centerfield should be Tilson’s position professionally.