After leading the Double-A Texas League in hits in 2015, the former second-rounder has swung the bat well in his first taste of Triple-A, slashing .289/.360/.444 through his first 14 games for Memphis. Tilson has grown into a bat capable of utilizing the whole field, though his limited power still plays best to the pull side (and mostly to the gap and the line, rather than over the fence). He’s a plus to double-plus runner that clocked multiple sub-4.1 times to first in his most recent four-game set in Oklahoma City, and showed the ability to drop a push bunt for a hit when the opportunity allowed. While the offensive upside is that of a fleet-footed leadoff hitter, Tilson profiles better as a good down-order stick with an average, or tick-above, hit tool but limited impact. If he can transition from a slasher, and show more comfort elevating and driving the ball, he could tally 30-plus extra base hits annually.
Defensively, Tilson continues to progress with his reads and routes, making up for his missteps with his speed. With continued work he could profile as a useful fourth outfielder, though his tick-below-average arm would be stretched in right field for an extended period of time. The raw materials are there to profile as a quality everyday center fielder. He could use a full season’s worth of at-bats and reps in center field at Memphis, and if he continues to progress, should be in discussions for a 25-man roster spot next spring. –Nick J. Faleris