As minor league seasons conclude, Lakeland Flying Tigers soar

July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA infielder Nick Castellanos hits a single during the sixth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

A number of minor league baseball regular seasons conclude their schedules this weekend. For the Detroit Tigers' organization, the advanced-A Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Gulf Coast Tigers won their respective divisions to advance to post season play. While the GCL Tigers have already concluded their brief playoff appearance, as detailed below, the Flying Tigers will begin post season play this week.

For most of the Tigers' minor league affiliates, the seasons will end without any post season play. This is not to say that individual players throughout the system didn't have good seasons, which is really what the organization is interested in. Plenty of analysis will be provided regarding the progress, or lack thereof, that prospects have had in the 2012 season.

Following is a look at how the teams finished their respective 2012 seasons. For more detailed information, each affiliate is linked to their team website.

Toledo Mudhens, Triple-A; 59- 83, third place of four teams in the International league’s Western Division. 28 games out of first.

Erie Seawolves, Double-A; 57- 83, sixth (last) place in the Eastern league’s Western division, 24 games out of first.

Lakeland Flying Tigers, Advanced-A; 37- 29, second half North division winners in the Florida State League. 73- 58 overall for the year, second in the division. The flying Tigers will host the Dunedin Blue Jays on Tuesday in the first game of a best of three semi final playoff series.

West Michigan White Caps
, Low-A; 36- 33, fifth place of eight teams in the second half in the Midwest League’s Eastern division, 5.5 games out of first. 72- 67 overall for the season, third place, 11.5 games back. Missed playoffs.

Rookie leagues:

Connecticut Tigers, 34- 38, second place of four teams in the New York- Penn league’s Stedler division. 16 games behind first, 10 games behind Wild card. 3 games left to play at Staten Island. The CT Tigers’ home is in Norwich, CT.

Gulf Coast Tigers, 36- 24 (.600), first place in the Gulf Coast (Rookie) League. Lost 1- 0 in 10 innings to the GCL Red Sox in a single game semi final round.

DSL Tigers, 30- 34, third place of five teams in the San Pedro de Macoris division of the Dominican Summer (Rookie) League, 10 games out of first.

VSL Tigers, 30- 40, third place of four teams in the Venezuelan summer (Rookie) league, 18 games out of first place. There are only four teams in the VSL.

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