Lakeland Flying Tigers

Lakeland Flying Tigers
Founded in 1960
Lakeland, Florida
Team logoCap 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 Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium (1966–2001, 2003–2015, 2017-)
Previous parks
Henley Field (1960, 1962–1965, 2002, 2016)
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 Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium; opened in 1966 and renovated in 2002-03. The park, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers spring training home, seats 8,500 fans. Renovations are set to be completed in the spring of 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

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,[3] and was actually located at the current site of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.[4]

Notable former ballplayers


Current roster

Lakeland Flying Tigers roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • -- Johan Belisario
  • 45 Endrys Briceno
  • 57 Calvin Drummond
  • 17 Santiago Garrido
  • 31 Matt Hall
  • 44 Gabe Hemmer
  • 22 Austin Kubitza
  • 14 A.J. Ladwig
  • 36 Gerson Moreno
  • 48 Zac Reininger
  • 19 Joe Rogers
  • 33 Jeff Thompson
  • 39 Spencer Turnbull
  • 60 Burris Warner
  • -- Kevin Ziomek


  • 29 Tim Reames
  • 30 Andres Sthormes


  • 25 Wade Hinkle
  • 27 Garrett Mattlage
  •  9 Joey Pankake
  • 12 Anthony Pereira
  • 12 Jared Reaves
  • 18 Zach Shepherd
  •  1 A.J. Simcox


  •  4 Rashad Brown
  •  7 Ross Kivett
  • 35 Ismael Salgado
  • 32 Ben Verlander


  • -- Andrew Graham


7-day disabled list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 2, 2016
More MiLB rosters
Detroit Tigers minor league players


  1. Hill, Benjamin. "PDC's make everything old new again,". Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  3. Benjamin Hill / Special to (November 13, 2006). "Article | Lakeland Flying Tigers News". Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  4. Archived February 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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