|Date of Birth||8/26/1991|
TRAVERSE CITY, MI Utility man, Josh Lavender was the Traverse City Beach Bums' first new-player signed for the 2018 baseball season.
Lavender comes to the Cherry Capital from the independent ranks of Japanese baseball, spending the last two years with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates of the Shikoku Island League Plus, where he won an Island League playoff title, and the Fukushima Hopes of the Route Inn Baseball Challenge League.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Josh played his collegiate ball at East Central University, an NCAA division 2 school in Ada, Oklahoma. In his senior season, he hit .262 with three home runs, ten doubles, and 33 runs batted in, accruing a .447 on base percentage, and a .460 slugging percentage, in 42 games played. In 41 starts in both the infield and outfield, he proved to be a reliable defender with a .970 fielding percentage, and only committed two errors. The numbers put up by Lavender helped him get named to the All-Great American Conference honorable mention team.
Before his time at ECU, the former business major played two seasons at Seminole State Junior College, where he hit .300 with six doubles and two triples as a sophomore. He played his high school ball at Union Grove High School in McDonough, Georgia.