Astros prospect throws 110 mph

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Jun 19, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) attempts to slide around the tag of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Reuters/Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With trade rumours, winter meetings and contract figures dominating the baseball conversation this time of year, a guy who’s never played an inning in the majors managed to crack the news cycle Tuesday throwing a baseball 110 mph.

At least that is what the world is to believe thanks to a tweet by Houston Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley.

In the video, Whitley gets a running start and isn’t pitching from the mound. And the 110 that registers on the gun is well short of the 116.9 Indians starter Trevor Bauer posted during a workout.

Whitley, 21, was a first-round pick by the Astros in 2016. The San Antonio native was 0-2 with a 3.76 ERA with Double-A Corpus Christi last season, but spent more than a month on the disabled list with a variety of injuries.

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