Archer
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
4-5
ERA
4.49
WHIP
1.423
K
118
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Even with Archer having surpassed 30 starts in four straight seasons, with great numbers to boot, some in the fantasy community remain concerned that he won't hold up. Is time running out on his arm? It's not a ridiculous question given the extreme slider usage (44.4 percen... read more
Even with Archer having surpassed 30 starts in four straight seasons, with great numbers to boot, some in the fantasy community remain concerned that he won't hold up. Is time running out on his arm? It's not a ridiculous question given the extreme slider usage (44.4 percent last season) and the velocity at which he throws the pitch (88.9 percent). He also fizzled late in 2017 with a 7.48 ERA and five homers allowed in September, but Archer was better than his surface stats throughout most of the year, with his xFIP ranging from 2.48 to 3.33 from May through August. The right-hander wasn't as good the third time through the order and that could hurt his chances at wins moving forward if he's given the hook earlier on a more consistent basis, but his core skills are borderline elite (11.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9). There is risk as is inherent with all pitchers; however, the questions about Archer specifically are pure speculation seeing as he's been extremely durable to this point in his career.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 195 lbs.    DOB: 9/26/1988    College: None    Drafted: 6th Rd in 2006Show Contract
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Chris Archer Contract Info:
Signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract with the Rays in April of 2014. Contract includes $9 million team option ($1.75 million buyout) for 2020 and $11 million team option ($250,000 buyout) for 2021.
Settles for no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 15, 2018
Archer didn't factor into the decision Wednesday against the Twins, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out seven.
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2018 Stat Review for Chris Archer
3.19 K/BB
GOOD
9.63 K/9
GREAT
3.02 BB/9
WEAK
94.7 MPH Fastball
ELITE
1.1 HR/9
GOOD
1.52 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
4.49 ERA
WEAK
1.42 WHIP
POOR
3.63 FIP
GOOD
0.357 BABIP
HIGH
70.8 % Strand Rate
BELOW AVERAGE
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Second Baseman
  1. 1. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
  2. 2. AdamA. Frazier (L)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 3. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
Third Baseman
  1. 1. ColinC. Moran (L)
  2. 2. DavidD. Freese (R)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 3. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
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  1. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
  3. 2. KevinK. Newman (R)
  4. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 3. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
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  1. Chris Archer 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Chris Archer 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Archer's one-of-a-kind 2016 campaign included career-highs in losses (19) and homers surrendered (30), but also his second-highest strikeout total (233) and two starkly contrasting halves. His improvement virtually across the board after the All-Star break certainly gave the Rays and fantasy owners hope that the first three-plus months of the season were an extreme outlier for the 28-year-old, who also was victimized by a lack of run support from an anemic offense in several of his defeats. While the long-ball issues were certainly a concern, they too tailed off in the latter portion of the campaign, with his HR/9 rate dropping from 1.47 to 1.18 after the All-Star break. By season's end, Archer had tallied a double-digit K/9 rate (10.4) for the second consecutive campaign and dropped his ERA to a respectable 4.02. Many of the slightly elevated metrics that the hard-throwing righty finished with were largely composed of remnants of his disastrous first half.
  3. Chris Archer 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Archer only dropped 0.10 off of his ERA from 2014 and yet it was widely regarded as a breakout season because his strikeout rate surged to a career-best 29 percent (fifth-best among qualified starters) in 212 innings, also a new best. Plus, he spent the majority of the season in the 2.00s before his second-to-last start saw him get beat up for nine earned runs in Toronto, a team he dominated to that point. The key to his success all year was further reliance on his elite slider. He threw it 39 percent of the time, second-most in baseball behind only Tyson Ross (42%). The concern at that volume is potential injury, but Archer has been DL-free for three-plus seasons in the bigs. The elements are all there for more excellence: he misses bats, gets more groundballs than flyballs, handles rights and lefties, and has shown he can take 30-plus turns in a season more than once. These skills have a high floor, too, so even some regression won’t ruin him.
  4. Chris Archer 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Archer showed some growth from year one to year two. His strikeout rate went up and he showed more confidence in his changeup, but he’s not a finished product. His walk rate rose nearly two percentage points from 2013, but he was able to control some of that damage by doing a better job of keeping the ball in the yard. He went at least seven innings in just nine of his 32 outings as pitch efficiency can be a problem for him as someone who works with fastballs and sliders nearly 95% of the time. The strikeouts and the ratios are good, but one area where he needs to improve is controlling the running game as runners are 31 of 40 in stealing bases when he is on the mound. He has the ceiling to be a No. 2 starter, but he performs more like a No. 3 starter these days.
  5. Chris Archer 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Archer began the 2013 season with Triple-A Durham before receiving the call to join the Rays' rotation at the start of June. He struggled a bit initially, then turned on the gas and rattled off a fantastic season, finishing with a 9-7 record and 3.22 ERA in 23 starts that included two shutouts. He showed solid control with a 2.66 K/BB ratio, displaying a dazzling fastball that averaged about 95 mph and a hard slider to keep opposing offenses off balance. A finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, Archer established himself in the rotation for 2014 and will be a pitcher to pursue on draft day.
  6. Chris Archer 2013 Preseason Outlook
    Still a top pitching prospect for the Rays, Archer posted a solid season in 2012 between Triple-A Durham and the majors. At Triple-A, Archer he posted a 3.66 ERA in 25 starts and struck out 139 batters. He is very good at preventing the long ball, only allowing 0.4 HR/9. This is likely due to a solid fastball and hard slider he keeps down in the zone to prevent extra-base hits. Archer made two starts for the Rays in June before returning as a September callup and saw mixed success, but plenty of promise. He will be in the competition for a spot in the major league rotation in spring training and will be a key part in the future.
  7. Chris Archer 2012 Preseason Outlook
    One of the pieces in the Matt Garza deal, Archer pitched the majority of last season at Double-A Montgomery before getting a cup of coffee with Triple-A Durham. The young hurler features a sinker in the low-90s and a developing curve and slider. The problem with him has been his lack of control as the 130:86 K:BB rate over the two levels indicates. He's likely headed back to Durham to start the season and should get plenty of minor league time to work on his control considering the glut of starting pitching the Rays have in front of him.
  8. Chris Archer 2011 Preseason Outlook
    Archer pitched well at High-A and Double-A last season, using a low-90s sinker in combination with a solid slider and curve. He struck out more than a batter per inning at the two levels combined and allowed just six homers in 142.1 IP, thanks to that sinker. Archer could stand to improve his command - 39 walks in 70 Double-A innings - but he's still just 22 years old and has some promise as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. Expect him to start in the high minors with a big league debut in late 2011 or 2012, but the Rays have little reason to rush him after acquiring him as part of the Matt Garza deal with the Cubs in January.
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Settles for no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 15, 2018
Archer didn't factor into the decision Wednesday against the Twins, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out seven.
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Collects first win in Pirates uniform
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 8, 2018
Archer (4-5) earned the win Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out three.
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Turns in shaky start in Pirates debut
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 3, 2018
Archer surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks while fanning six across 4.1 innings but didn't factor into the decision Friday against the Cardinals.
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To start Friday against Cardinals
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 1, 2018
Archer will take the mound versus St. Louis on Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Not in line for weekend start
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 1, 2018
Archer is not in line to face the Cardinals this weekend, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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