Lakeland Flying Tigers

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Lakeland Flying Tigers
Founded in 1960
Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland Flying Tigers.PNG Flying Tigers cap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
Class Low-A (2021–present)
Previous classes Class A-Advanced (1990–2020)
Class A (1962–1989)
Class D (1960)
League Low-A Southeast (2021–present)
DivisionWest Division
Previous leagues
Florida State League (1960–2020)
Major league affiliations
Team Detroit Tigers (1963–present)
Previous teams San Francisco Giants (1962)
Cleveland Indians (1960)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1992
  • 2012
Team data
NameLakeland Flying Tigers (2007–present)
Previous names
Lakeland Tigers (1963–2006)

Lakeland Giants (1962)

Lakeland Indians (1960)
Ballpark Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium (1966–2001, 2003–2015, 2017–present)
Previous parks
Henley Field (1960, 1962–1965, 2002, 2016)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Detroit Tigers
General ManagerZach Burek
Manager Andrew Graham

The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Low-A Southeast and the Low-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. They are located in Lakeland, Florida, and play their home games at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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The team was established in 1960 as the Lakeland Indians, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. After a one-year hiatus, the team was restarted in 1962 as the Lakeland Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. They joined the Detroit Tigers' farm system in 1963 and became known as the Lakeland Tigers before becoming the Flying Tigers in 2007. Their relationship with Detroit is one of the two longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing. [1]

In 1997, playing with the Flying Tigers, Gabe Kapler led the Florida State League in doubles and total bases, and tied for first in extra base hits. [2]

In 2012, the Flying Tigers won their first FSL title in 20 years by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads, three games to two. It was the fourth league title in club history. [3]

Team name

In 2006, the team introduced a new name and colors to pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics. The school trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II, [4] and was actually located at the current site of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. [5]

Roster

Lakeland Flying Tigers roster
PlayersCoaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 19 Gio Arriera
  • 21 Matt Beattie
  • 34 Austin Bergner
  • 33 Michael Bienlien
  • -- Drew Crosby ‡
  • 38 Nick Davila
  • 22 Jack Dellinger
  • 20 Carlos Guzman
  • -- Marco Jimenez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 39 Chris Mauloni
  • -- Jack O'Loughlin Injury icon 2.svg
  • 29 Cleiverth Perez
  • 28 Joseph Salazar
  • 14 Gabriel Sequeira
  • 48 Luke Sommerfeld
  • 24 Ted Stuka
  • 27 Bryce Tassin
  • 25 Matt Walker
  • 30 Adam Wolf

Catchers

  • -- Cordell Dunn Injury icon 2.svg
  •  7 Cooper Johnson
  • 18 Cole MacLaren
  • 12 Sam McMillan

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 15 Ulrich Bojarski
  • 35 Jose De La Cruz
  •  4 Eric De La Rosa
  •  9 Kingston Liniak

Manager

Coaches

  • -- Carlos Bohorquez (pitching)
  • -- John Murrian (hitting)
  • -- Ollie Kadey (developmental)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated May 4, 2021
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