Tomasovich goes to Cubs in 20th round, one of three locals taken in MLB Draft

bmccormick@heraldonline.comJune 9, 2014 

Three locals were selected in the Major League Baseball draft last weekend.

Fort Mill’s Alex Tomasovich, a senior infielder from Charleston Southern, was picked up in the 20th round by the Chicago Cubs, with the 589th overall pick.

The 6-foot-3 senior infielder hit .343 during four successful seasons playing for Stuart Lake’s Bucs. Tomasovich also started more than 100 games straight the last two seasons for Charleston Southern and played at third base this season, proving his versatility.

Lancaster’s C.D. Pelham, a freshman at Spartanburg Methodist, went in the 25th round to the Milwaukee Brewers with the 746th selection. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound left-hander was one of 22 pitchers taken by the Brewers.

Pelham went 2-2 in 10 appearances for Spartanburg Methodist during the recently completed 2014 season. He struck out 51 batters in 39 innings and finished with an earned run average of 1.85. Pelham did walk 28 batters, as he battled with a few bouts of wildness, but opponents only hit .131 against the big Lancaster lefty. It’s not certain yet whether Pelham will sign with the Brewers or return to Spartanburg Methodist for his sophomore season.

Winthrop senior outfielder T.J. Olesczuk was drafted in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles, with the 1,201st pick of the three-day, 40-round process.

The redshirt junior outfielder from Cortland Manor, N.Y., had a great senior season for the Eagles, hitting .389, second best in the Big South Conference. Olesczuk, who graduated in May, was a career .324 hitter for Winthrop.

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