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This Detroit Tigers pitching prospect has a 100 mph fastball. And you've probably never heard of him

LAKELAND, Fla. — Wladimir Pinto is an under-the-radar pitching prospect for the Detroit Tigers who can blow up the radar gun with a 100 mph fastball.

“How fast is your fastball?” I ask him in the Tigers' clubhouse.

“I can reach triple digits,” he says through translator Carlos Guillen (who is not the former Tigers player). “But I’m between 95-98.”

“100?” I ask. “For strikes?”

He smiles and nods. “Sometimes.”

After Pinto's first official bullpen, Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson was impressed.

“The ball flies out of his hands,” Anderson said.