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In Major League Baseball scouting terms, Lancaster High School senior baseball player C.D. Pelham is regarded as a “pop-up prospect.”
Scouts didn’t know a great deal of Pelham’s draft status for the upcoming MLB amateur draft until this spring when the Bruins’ southpaw hurler came on strong.
Pelham has a chance to get drafted, but there’s also an alternative.
A three-sport standout for the Bruins in his prep career, Pelham has signed with Spartanburg Methodist College to play baseball, if he doesn’t pursue a pro baseball career following the draft June 6.
“I’m excited about what the future holds either way,” Pelham said. “A great deal depends on when and where I’m drafted.
“Spartanburg Methodist is a good school and they’ve been successful, so I know it’s a good program,” he said. “A good place to start and build a foundation.”
Pelham is joining a program which is ranked No. 1 in National Junior College Athletic Association Div. 1. The Pioneers, led by head coach and Lancaster native Tim Wallace and assistant Matt Williams, also a Lancaster native, are headed to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., this week.
Pelham, who earned nine varsity letters in his Bruins’ athletic career, was a four-year letterman in baseball.
In his senior season, he earned Class AAAA all-state baseball honors, all-region laurels and was selected to play in the annual N.C. vs. S.C. Select All-Star game.
He also earned two letters in football and all-region honors as a junior. In basketball, Pelham was a three-year letterman for the Bruins and twice earned the Coaches Award. Pelham, during the LHS hoops season, hit 10.7 points a game with a 9.7 rebounding average. Pelham was a selection to The Lancaster News’ all-county basketball and football teams.
He is a member of the 2013 Lancaster Post 31 baseball team.
Pelham also played on the Lancaster Dixie Pre-Majors all-star baseball team, ages 15-17, which won the state championship and advanced to the World Series in Guntersville, Ala., last summer.
“There’s a strong Lancaster connection with coach Wallace and coach Williams at SMC and C.D. feels comfortable there,” Lancaster High School baseball coach Brett Blackmon said. “SMC is a perfect fit for him.
“C.D. is left-handed and is blessed with a strong arm and healthy body,” Blackmon said. “If he goes to SMC, he can work on his craft – pitching.”
Blackmon noted Pelham is also a strong student with a 3.45 grade point average.
“C.D. is a super kid,” Blackmon said. “He’s going to be successful at what he wants to do.”
Pelham’s parents noted the diamond spark for the LHS star was Hope Rollings, an Andrew Jackson Middle School teacher who also coaches youth baseball and got Pelham involved in baseball.