FRISCO, Texas (Sept. 5, 2018) - Former Frisco RoughRiders pitcher C.D. Pelham made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers Wednesday night, becoming the 148th Riders player to debut in the big leagues.
Pelham worked 2/3 innings in his debut, allowing a run on four hits. The southpaw joined the Riders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers, June 22 and went 2-0 with a 6.16 ERA in 24 outings, converting both of his save opportunities along the way. He joined the Riders after starting the year with Advanced-A Down East, where he was a Carolina League Midseason All-Star. Additionally, he was selected to participate in the 2018 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
Pelham had his contract purchased by the Rangers Tuesday following the conclusion of the RoughRiders season. He is the eighth former Riders player to make his Major League debut this season and the seventh to do so with the Rangers.
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About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 14 seasons (2005-2018). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Choctaw Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Neftali Feliz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.
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