Lakeland Flying Tigers

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Lakeland Flying Tigers
Founded in 1960
Lakeland, Florida
LakelandFlyingTigersLogo.PNG LakelandFlyingTigersCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Current Advanced-A (1990–present)

Class A (1962-1989)

Class D (1960)
Minor league affiliations
League Florida State League (1960–present)
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Current Detroit Tigers (1963–present)

San Francisco Giants (1962)

Cleveland Indians (1960)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1992
  • 2012
Team data
Nickname Lakeland Flying Tigers (2007–present)
Previous names

Lakeland Tigers (1963–2006)
Lakeland Giants (1962)

Lakeland Indians (1960)
Ballpark Joker Marchant Stadium (1966–2001, 2003–present)
Previous parks
Henley Field Ball Park (1960, 1962–1965, 2002)
Detroit Tigers, Inc.
Manager Dave Huppert
General Manager Zach Burek

The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a minor league baseball team based in Lakeland, Florida.

Home games are played at Joker Marchant Stadium; opened in 1966 and renovated in 2003. The park, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers spring training home, seats 8,500 fans. Renovations are set to be started in 2017. It plays in the Florida State League and has been the High-A affiliate of the Tigers since 1963, one of the two longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing.[1] Until November 2006, the team was known as the Lakeland Tigers, with branding similar to the parent club. However the team originated 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, and an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

In 2012, the Flying Tigers won their first FSL title in twenty years by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads, three games to two. It was the fourth league title in club history.[2]

Team name[edit]

The team's new name and colors pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, which trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II.[3] The school was actually located at the current site of Joker Marchant Stadium.[4]

Notable former ballplayers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Lakeland Flying Tigers roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 45 Endrys Briceno
  • 18 Will Clinard
  • 29 Julio Felix
  •  9 Tyler Ford
  • 22 Jairo Labourt
  • 31 Logan Longwith
  • –– Zac Reininger Injury icon 2.svg
  • 26 Scott Sitz
  • 17 Brennan Smith
  • 27 Gage Smith
  • 44 Locke St. John
  • 37 Trent Szkutnik
  • 60 Adenson Verastegui
  • 15 Kevin Ziomek



  •  7 Javier Betancourt
  • 13 Tyler Hanover
  • 20 Francisco Martinez
  • 35 Brett Pirtle
  • 10 Curt Powell
  • 12 Jared Reaves


  •  8 Jiwan James
  • 14 Raph Rhymes
  •  1 Ismael Salgado
  • 35 Austin Schotts Injury icon 2.svg
  • 32 Ben Verlander



Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated September 4, 2015
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Detroit Tigers minor league players


  1. ^ Hill, Benjamin. "PDC's make everything old new again,". Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Benjamin Hill / Special to (November 13, 2006). "Article | Lakeland Flying Tigers News". Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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