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CD Pelham

CD Pelham

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 6" 235 | Age: 24
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 33, #978, Texas Rangers) - Spartanburg Methodist College
Lancaster, SC USA
Player Apps
MLB Rankings
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Outs Above Avg
Outfielder Jump
Sprint Speed


2018 0 0 7.04 10 0 0 7.2 7 2.09
1 Season 0 0 7.04 10 0 0 7.2 7 2.09
2018 10 0-0 7.04 7.2 7 2.09
1 Season 10 0-0 7.04 7.2 7 2.09

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

2018 TEX AL 38 0 0 7.04 10 0 0 7.2 12 6 6 0 4 7 2.09
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Cutter: 60 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

Pelham didn't start pitching until he was a high school senior in 2013 and reached 95 mph with his fastball that spring, yet he went undrafted because he was so raw. Though he couldn't find the strike zone in two years at Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC, the Rangers gave him $40,000 as a 33rd-rounder in 2015 because of his size and arm strength. His career took off once he moved to the bullpen full-time in 2017 and he soared from high Class A to the big leagues last year.

Pelham didn't have enough pitches or control to succeed as a starter, and simplifying things made a huge difference for him. Coming out of the bullpen, he focuses on two pitches, beginning with a mid-90s fastball that reaches 99 mph with unpredictable life. If hitters try to sit on his heater, he can make them look bad with a plus cutter that climbs into the low 90s.

Built and athletic like an NFL tight end, Pelham uses his 6-foot-6 frame to create steep downhill plane. He has cleaned up his delivery, which used to feature a lot of effort, but still has yet to prove he can deliver consistent strikes. He can become a closer if he does, with one scout comparing him to a cross between Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.

Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 157 27 0 0.0 90.7 5.8 .306 .449 .400 .350 .403 59.3 18.4 10.5
ALL 157 27 0 0.0 90.7 5.8 .306 .449 .400 .350 .403 59.3 18.4 10.5
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3


Team Date Transaction
11/27/2019 Chicago Cubs claimed LHP CD Pelham off waivers from Texas Rangers.
11/20/2019 Texas Rangers designated LHP CD Pelham for assignment.
09/30/2019 Texas Rangers recalled LHP CD Pelham from Frisco RoughRiders.
07/14/2019 Frisco RoughRiders activated LHP CD Pelham from the 7-day injured list.
07/09/2019 Frisco RoughRiders placed LHP CD Pelham on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 5, 2019.
05/23/2019 LHP CD Pelham assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Nashville Sounds.
05/20/2019 Nashville Sounds placed LHP CD Pelham on the temporarily inactive list.
03/15/2019 Texas Rangers optioned LHP CD Pelham to Nashville Sounds.
10/02/2018 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
09/04/2018 Texas Rangers selected the contract of CD Pelham from Frisco RoughRiders.
06/22/2018 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Down East Wood Ducks.
03/12/2018 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Texas Rangers.
09/06/2017 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Down East Wood Ducks from Hickory Crawdads.
04/04/2017 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Spokane Indians.
06/15/2016 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Spokane Indians from AZL Rangers.
06/15/2015 Texas Rangers signed LHP C.D. Pelham.
06/15/2015 LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to AZL Rangers.