Former Baseball Standout Propels Lakeland To League Title

Former Baseball Standout Propels Lakeland To League Title
Dean Green (left) hit .348 in 38 games for the Flying Tigers. Photo by Chuck Welch.

LAKELAND, Fla. – Barry University baseball standout Dean Green helped the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League to their first title in 20 years, defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads in the final game of the series, 2-0.

Lakeland trailed Jupiter two games to one in the best of five series before rallying back to capture the final two games and the league title. Green provided a power presence in the middle of the lineup and finished the series 4-for-16 with a double and three walks.

Green began the year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, a high Class A affiliate of Detroit, in the Midwest League. In 58 games with the Whitecaps, Green led the club with a .306 batting average and nine homeruns before being called up to the Flying Tigers of Lakeland.

After joining the Flying Tigers, Green continued his hot hitting batting .348 in 38 games. Green was a catalyst in the Flying Tigers’ road to the championship. His .518 slugging percentage was good for second on the team.

A consensus All-American in 2011 for the Buccaneers, Green has gotten off to a terrific professional career. In just two seasons Green has been a two-time all-star, once with the New York-Penn league in 2011 and then again with the Midwest league in 2012. Green was also named a Short-Season All-Star by Topps and Baseball America in 2011.