The 24-year-old notched the first complete game of his career on July 14th against the Houston Astros as he scattered five hits and struck out eight in a 5-0 shutout victory at Tropicana Field, marking the first shutout for a Tampa Bay hurler since James Shields on September 9, 2012. The Raleigh, North Carolina native was again on point in his July 27th start against the Yankees, tossing a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 triumph in the Bronx. He struck out six and walked none in the 97-pitch gem, becoming the first Ray ever to throw a shutout against the Yankees in their 268th game against New York. Archer is the first rookie since Baltimore's Arthur Rhodes in 1992 to shut out the Yankees in the Bronx, and additionally became the first rookie (and eighth pitcher overall) since 1916 to accomplish the feat in New York on two hits-or-less without allowing a free pass.
Others receiving A.L. Pitcher of the Month votes were Archer's Rays teammates David Price (5-1, 1.68 ERA, 3 CG, 1 BB, 35 SO) and Matt Moore (4-0, 2.08 ERA, 1 SHO, 8 BB, 32 SO); Hiroki Kuroda (3-0, 0.55 ERA, 6 BB, 24 SO) of the Yankees; Greg Holland (11 G, 11 SV, 0.82 ERA, 1 BB, 15 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; and Jered Weaver (4-1, 1.32 ERA, 8 BB, 37 K) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Other rookies receiving votes for A.L. Rookie of the Month included Wil Myers (.352, 6 2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI) of the Tampa Bay Rays and David Lough (.281, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals.
In recognition of his American League Pitcher of the Month and American League Rookie of the Month Awards, Chris Archer will receive two specially designed trophies, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.