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OK, OK. So it’s not that LeBron. But here’s a name worth remembering: Ramon Lebron.
He is 22 years old. He is a right-handed relief pitcher for the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit affiliate. And a source said he hit 100 mph twice and 101 mph once in a Wednesday home game against the Great Lakes Loons.
Lebron, a native of the Dominican Republic, has never pitched above Class A. He wasn’t invited to the Tigers’ big-league camp this spring. But multiple radar guns delivered the same readings, the source said.
And with a name like that, he’s probably going to get noticed.
Believe it or not, Lebron isn’t the only West Michigan pitcher throwing at speeds not often witnessed in the Midwest League. Bruce Rondon, a 20-year-old Venezuelan, reached 98 mph in a relief appearance for the Whitecaps earlier this week.
Lebron and Rondon have made two scoreless relief outings apiece this season.
— Jon Paul Morosi