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The Chicago White Sox Trade Zach Duke To The St. Louis Cardinals

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The Chicago White Sox have delt left hander Zach Duke to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield prospect Charlie Tilson. The 23-year-old prospect Tilson has had a tremendous year at Triple A Memphis this season, hitting .282 with 4 home runs and 34 RBIs. All of that plus 15 stolen bases, 16 doubles, a .345 OBP and 8 triples.

Tilson played on the Florida State All-Star team in 2014 and has received a lot of praise from Baseball America. Baseball America rated Charlie Tilson the fastest baserunner in the Cardinals organization back in 2013 and the best defensive outfielder in the 2012 season.

The White Sox now have another speedy prospect that should be MLB ready very soon, Rick Hahn commented on the trade stating:

“Charlie is a left-handed hitting outfielder whose speed and defensive ability enable him to do a number of things well to help his team win ball games, We have liked him as a player since the Cardinals selected him out of New Trier in the second round in 2011.”

The Cardinals have now acquired another key member to their bullpen, the Cardinals are in a race against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card spot and adding Duke to the pen will help the cause.

Zach Duke was the busiest man in the White Sox bullpen this season, having 53 relief appearances. Duke has a record of 2-0 and a 2.63 ERA. Duke has also compiled 42 strikeouts and 20 holds over 37.2 innings pitched. Duke gives the Cardinals a primer left-handed pitcher for tight situations as St. Louis looks to push for the post season.

The White Sox have traded away one of their two left-handed relief pitchers, this leaves Dan Jennings the only lefty still in the Sox pen. This move shows that the White Sox may be selling in order to obtain prospects that are almost MLB ready.