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.
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Chicago Cubs claimed LHP CD Pelham off waivers from Texas Rangers.
Texas Rangers designated LHP CD Pelham for assignment.
Texas Rangers recalled LHP CD Pelham from Frisco RoughRiders.
Frisco RoughRiders activated LHP CD Pelham from the 7-day injured list.
Frisco RoughRiders placed LHP CD Pelham on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 5, 2019.
LHP CD Pelham assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Nashville Sounds.
Nashville Sounds placed LHP CD Pelham on the temporarily inactive list.
Texas Rangers optioned LHP CD Pelham to Nashville Sounds.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
Texas Rangers selected the contract of CD Pelham from Frisco RoughRiders.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Down East Wood Ducks.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Texas Rangers.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Down East Wood Ducks from Hickory Crawdads.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Spokane Indians.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to Spokane Indians from AZL Rangers.
Texas Rangers signed LHP C.D. Pelham.
LHP C.D. Pelham assigned to AZL Rangers.