The Texas Rangers have started their call-ups for the September expanded roster and highly touted reliever, CD Pelham, is among the names promoted.
With September here, the Minor League seasons are over and the Major League rosters are expanding. With that expansion, the Texas Rangers have the opportunity to call up a number of prospects to fill out the roster as we close the season. This gives both the organization and fans alike, the chance to look at some of the top talent and see how it stacks up against the big leagues. Among those being promoted is highly touted relief prospect, C.D. Pelham.
C.D. Pelham, full name Christian Devont’a Pelham, has made waves in the Rangers organization this year cementing himself as one of the best late inning relief prospects Texas has. Climbing from High-A Down East to Double-A Frisco, Pelham showcases an electric fastball. With an imposing 6’6″ frame, the left hander has many thinking he has the potential to be a Major League level closer. The 23-year old currently ranks as the 16th prospect in the system according to MLB Prospect Watch and we ranked him 14th overall in our most recent rankings.
Pelham is a player that brings with him a lot of hope and intrigue. Because he has risen relatively fast through the ranks this year, it’s unknown how close he truly is to being big league ready. While many agree he has a very high ceiling, the Rangers are in a position where they can continue to let him develop if that’s what is best. Additionally, with the talent Jose Leclerc has shown this year in the closer role, would there even be a justifiable spot for Pelham in the bullpen?
With the trade of Cory Gearrin, Pelham potentially could serve as a set up man for Texas in 2019 with the possibility of taking over the closer role if the Rangers decided to move Jose Leclerc in a trade next season. Regardless, with Pelham’s call up, chances are the Rangers and their fans will get a chance to get a look, albeit limited, at one of the top relief arms in the system.