Gulf Coast League Tigers

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Gulf Coast League Tigers
Lakeland, Florida
1968, 1995-present
Detroit tigers textlogo.svgDetroit Tigers Insignia.svg
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
LeagueGulf Coast League
DivisionNortheast Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentDetroit Tigers
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2018
Division titles (5)
  • 1995
  • 2006
  • 2012
  • 2015
  • 2018
Team data
NicknameGCL Tigers
BallparkJoker Marchant Stadium
Detroit Tigers

The Gulf Coast League Tigers or GCL Tigers are a minor league baseball club located in Lakeland, Florida, at Joker Marchant Stadium. A member of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, the Tigers are an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and various other countries.

Starting with the 2016 season, the Tigers have fielded two teams in the Gulf Coast League, designated "East" and "West." The second team was created due to the cancellation of the Venezuelan Summer League, which left the Tigers with a roster full of players with no team. Most of these players were assigned to one of the two GCL teams, although some were assigned to the Tigers affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.

Current roster[edit]

Gulf Coast Tigers East roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 27 Jose Appleton
  • 33 Edgar Escalona
  • -- Richard Terrero ‡


  • -- Gustavo Figueroa


  • 29 Luis Laurencio
  • -- Luis Valdes ‡




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 June 18, 2019
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Detroit Tigers minor league players


(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1968 27-36 7th Wayne Blackburn No playoffs until 1983
1995 33-24 6th Kevin Bradshaw Lost League Finals
vs. GCL Royals (2 games to 0)
Won in first round
vs. GCL Marlins (1 game to 0)
1996 26-34 12th Kevin Bradshaw
1997 31-29 7th Kevin Bradshaw
1998 28-32 8th(t) Kevin Bradshaw
1999 29-31 8th(t) Gary Green
2000 34-26 5th(t) Kevin Bradshaw
2001 34-26 5th Howard Bushong
2002 23-37 13th Howard Bushong
2003 28-29 5th Howard Bushong
2004 24-36 9th Kevin Bradshaw
2005 24-30 9th(t) Kevin Bradshaw
2006 32-18 2nd Kevin Bradshaw Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Dodgers (1 game to 0)
2007 28-32 9th(t) Benny Castillo
2008 27-31 12th Basilio Cabrera
2009 29-31 9th Basilio Cabrera
2010 29-30 9th Basilio Cabrera
2011 29-31 7th Basilio Cabrera
2012 36-24 1st(t) Basilio Cabrera Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
2013 32-28 5th Basilio Cabrera
2014 34-25 6th Basilio Cabrera
2015 36-23 3rd Basilio Cabrera Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Blue Jays (1 game to 0)

GCL Tigers East[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2016 21-37 16th Rafael Gil
2017 14-45 17th Jesus Garces
2018 26-28 10th Luis López

GCL Tigers West[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2016 30-28 7th Rafael Martinez
2017 29-28 9th Rafael Gil
2018 37-16 2nd Brayan Peña League Champions
vs. GCL Cardinals(2 games to 1)
Won in first round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)

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