New Trier senior centerfielder Charlie Tilson was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round as the 79th overall pick of the MLB draft on Tuesday.
Tilson wasn't displeased to be taken by the Cardinals, despite his proximity to Wrigley Field. While the Chicago White Sox have always been his No. 1 team, the Cardinals haven't trailed far behind.
"I've worn red to Cubs games before," Tilson said, laughing. "The Cardinals are a wonderful organization. I'm just honored to be drafted. It's a fortunate thing. It's exciting to see your name called in the MLB draft."
Tilson was expected to be selected in the first few rounds. Although he watched the draft on Monday, he wasn't disappointed not to be taken in the first 60 picks.
"To be honest, this is kind of what we expected," Tilson said. "You never know. I was pretty optimistic about how today would go."
Tilson was unsure Tuesday whether he'd end up signing with the Cardinals or play at the University of Illinois next season. Prior to the draft, he said he had hoped for a signing bonus in the seven-figure vicinity. He has until Aug. 15 to sign with the Cardinals.
"To be honest, it's too early to tell," Tilson said. "Right now, we'll see where it goes. I'm fortunate to have two great options. I'm excited for either one.
"There certainly is a lot more to come. I obviously would like to get it done, get it out of the away, but for a decision like this you have to take into account all things. For today, I couldn't be happier."
Tilson, who throws and hits left-handed, had a .406 average, scored 41 runs and stole 28 bases during his senior season for the Trevians. He is thought to be a potential leadoff hitter at the major league level.