Flying Tigers Announce Opening Day Roster

This afternoon, the Lakeland Flying Tigers announced their opening day roster. Second-year Manager Andy Barkett will have nine returning players joining four 2008 early round draft-pick players. The opening day team will sport 13 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders, four outfielders, and one pitcher on the disabled list.

Returning players include catcher Jeff Kunkel, a 2008 Florida State League (FSL) All-Star; Michael Bertram, who finished the season with 106 hits, 21 doubles, and a .285 average; Jeramy Laster hit 24 home runs in 2008, good enough to tie for third in the league; and left-handed pitcher Duane Below, who led the 2008 FSL with 126 strikeouts.

The four draft players are Scott Green (3rd round), Brett Jacobson (4th round), Andy Dirks (8th round) and Robbie Weinhardt (10th round).

The Flying Tigers open their season Thursday April 9th at home against the Tampa Yankees. The game starts at 7 pm with a special Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7 pm. 2009 Flying Tigers magnet schedules will go to the first 1,500 fans.

 

2008 Opening Day Roster

 

PITCHERS (12) HT. WT. B-T BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE 2008 CLUB
Below, Duane 6-2 205 L-L 11/15/85 Britton, MI Lakeland
Feeney, Trevor 6-1 185 R-R 6/4/86 Joliet, IL Oneonta
Furbush, Charlie 6-5 215 L-L 4/11/86 South Portland, ME Did Not Pitch – Injured
Gagnier, Lauren 6-2 215 R-R 2/28/85 Santa Cruz, CA W. Mich/LK/Erie/Toledo
Gerbe, Jeff (DL) 6-3 200 R-R 7/4/84 Shelby Township, MI Did Not Pitch – Injured
Green, Scott 6-7 240 R-R 8/10/85 Dayton, OH West Michigan
Hess, Andrew 6-4 210 R-R 11/6/84 Kalamazoo, MI West Michigan
Jacobson, Brett 6-6 205 R-R 11/9/86 Phoenix, AZ West Michigan
Oliveros, Lester 6-0 185 R-R 5/28/88 Maracay, VZ Oneonta/Lakeland
Stanley, Pat 6-7 230 R-R 1/4/83 Ridgewood, NJ Newark
Waite, Rob 6-3 210 R-R 1/9/87 Fresno, CA GCL Tigers
Weber, Thad 6-2 205 R-R 9/28/84 Seward, NE GCL Tigers/West Michigan
Weinhardt, Robbie 6-2 205 R-R 12/8/85 Chicago, IL Lakeland
             
CATCHERS (2) HT. WT. B-T BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE 2008 CLUB
Casanova, Adrian 6-1 210 R-R 5/6/83 Miami, FL W. Mich/LK/Erie/Toledo
Kunkel, Jeff 5-11 200 S-R 3/11/83 Olympia Fields, IL Lakeland/Erie
             
INFIELDERS (7) HT. WT. B-T BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE 2008 CLUB
Bertram, Michael 6-2 220 L-R 2/25/84 Lexington, KY Lakeland
Carlson, Chris 6-4 225 R-R 1/7/84 Topeka, KS West Michigan
Ciriaco, Audy 6-3 195 R-R 6/16/87 San Pedro de Macoris, DR West Michigan
Henry, Justin 6-3 180 L-R 4/30/85 Houston, TX West Michigan
Roof, Shawn 5-10 175 R-R 8/3/84 Louisville, KY Lakeland/Erie
Tomas, Roger 5-8 185 S-R 4/17/86 Santo Domingo, DR West Michigan
Tucker, Joe 5-11 170 R-R 1/25/84 Canton, OH West Michigan/Erie
             
OUTFIELDERS (4) HT. WT. B-T BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE 2008 CLUB
Dirks, Andy 6-0 195 L-L 1/24/86 Hutchinson, KS GCL Tigers/West Michigan
Kaiser, Kody 5-9 185 S-R 4/6/85 Oklahoma City, OK West Michigan
Laster, Jeramy 6-1 185 R-R 4/5/85 Nashville, TN Lakeland
Peter, Kyle 6-2 185 L-R 2/4/86 St. Louis, MO West Michigan