Lakeland MLN: Flying Tigers Grounded

The Flying Tigers dropped five of their seven games last week. To make matters worse, three of their five losses came by just one run. Despite their hot start, Lakeland is now (5-6), four games behind the division leading Dunedin Blue Jays. Despite the team struggles, one prospect in particular still had a big week.

League Leaders

Despite their recent struggles in the standings, several Flying Tigers batters find themselves atop the league leader board in several statistical categories.

Thanks to a ten-game hit streak, Nick Castellanos has a team high .372 batting average that's good enough for third-best in the FSL this season.

Tyler Collins hit a bit of a slump this past week (3-for-17), but his .364 batting average is still fifth best on the circuit. Just behind Collins on the leader board is Avisail Garcia, whose .360 batting average is sixth best in the FSL this season.

Outfielder Daniel Fields is tied for the league lead in stolen bases with four. His eight RBI are also tied for fourth best in the league.

First baseman James Robbins is tied for second with 5 doubles this season. Unfortunately the 21-year-old's 19 strikeouts also lead the league.


Southpaw Brian Flynn followed his gem last week with another solid quality start on Friday night. Flynn allowed two runs, scattered six hits and struck out 4 over six innings. This season Flynn is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA. Flynn has issued just one walk and has not allowed a home run over his first two starts.

Bullpen Remains a bit of a Mixed Bag

Week two wasn't very kind to relievers Matt Little and Tyler White. Both Little and White allowed runs in every appearance this past week. The duo has allowed seven runs, courtesy of 21 base runners, over just 9 2/3 innings this season.

On a positive note, Matt Crouse threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief over two appearances. Crouse hasn't surrendered a run yet this season. The 21-year-old southpaw has allowed just one hit and two walks over 7 2/3 innings this season.

21-year-old flame-thrower Bruce Rondon made two appearances this past week. The Venezuelan native struck out three over two scoreless innings.

Rounding things out, right-hander Tyler Clark threw four innings of shutout ball over two appearances this past week.

Where's Turner? Two weeks into the season and two trips through the rotation and still, no Jacob Turner. The Tigers top prospect last pitched on March 12th in spring training. Despite his inactivity, Turner remains on the Flying Tigers 25-man active roster. Lips remain tightly sealed around Tiger Town and Turner has been unavailable for comment.

Looking Forward

The Flying Tigers finish their three-game set with the Brevard County Manatees tonight in Viera. After an off day on Wednesday, Lakeland will return home for a three game set with the Clearwater Threshers. Lakeland's week is rounded out by a two game series in Daytona against the Cubs on Sunday and Monday.

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