In his first full major league season, led the Rays staff with 32 starts and 194.2 IP...made 16 starts allowing 1 ER or fewer, tying James Shields' club record (2011) and tying SEA Felix Hernandez and KC Danny Duffy for the AL lead...Set a club record and ranked 5th in the AL with a 0.55 HR per 9 IP ratio, with only 12 HR allowed in 194.2 IP...half of those 12 HR came in his final 6 starts, after yielding only 6 HR in his first 26 starts...his .336 opp SLG ranked 6th in the AL and 3rd in club history, behind David Price (.318 in 2012) and Alex Cobb (.325 in 2014)...The Rays went 15-8 when he pitched 6 innings or more, and 2-7 when he failed to do so...since the start of 2013, those marks are 27-9 and 4-15...Was involved in four 1-0 games: April 8 at KC (won, ND), May 23 vs. BOS (won, ND), June 3 at MIA (lost) and Sep. 26 at CLE (lost)...Over the first quarter of his season (8 starts through May 11), had a 5.16 ERA (45.1-IP, 26-ER)...after that, pitched to a 2.77 ERA (149.1-IP, 46-ER) in 24 starts...Recorded a 2.78 ERA (107-IP, 33-ER) on the road, 8th lowest in the AL...finished the season with an active streak of 13 road starts allowing 3 ER or fewer, one shy of the club record held by Jeremy Hellickson (April 19, 2012-April 15, 2013)...has a 1.81 ERA (84.1-IP, 17-ER) during this streak, which began May 16...also went a club-record 10 straight road starts allowing 2 ER or fewer, snapped on Sep 9 at NYY...Allowed 72 walks, 6th most in the AL...21 of those came in the month of May...According to FanGraphs, averaged 94.6 mph on his fastball, 3rd hardest among AL qualifiers behind KC Yordano Ventura (97.0) and LAA Garrett Richards (96.3)...91 of his 173 SO (52.6 pct.) came via the slider, according to PITCHf/x...according to Brooks Baseball, opponents hit .188 (44-for-234) in at-bats ending with the slider...His 1.95 ERA (37-IP, 8-ER) in 6 starts in the month of June ranked 4th in the AL and set a club record (prev. Dewon Brazelton, 2.05 in June 2004)...Righthanders batted .262 (83-for-317) with 7 HR against him...prior to 2014, he'd held them to a .173 (45-for-260) clip...Is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA (42-IP, 9-ER) in 6 career starts vs. NYY...won his first 4 starts against them, becoming only the second pitcher in the last 30 years to earn the win in his first 4 career games vs. NYY, joining LAA Ervin Santana (2005-06)...in the past century, only two pitchers have won their first 4 games vs. NYY with an ERA lower than Archer's 1.26 mark: BAL Mike Cuellar (4-0, 0.75 in 1969-70) and BAL Jim Palmer (4-0, 1.23 in 1965-66, though 2 games were in relief)...on June 30 at NYY, was in line to become the the first pitcher to win his first 5 games vs. the Yankees since Hall of Famer Walter Johnson for the Washington Senators (1907-08), before Joel Peralta allowed a game-tying, solo HR to Brian Roberts in the 9th inning...On Aug 13 at TEX, recorded a career-high 12 SO in a 10-1 victory...this tied for the most by any Rays pitcher in 2014...On April 2, the Rays announced an eight-year contract extension for Archer - the first six years (2014-19) guaranteed, plus club options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons...the deal is expected to guarantee a total of $25.5 million, with a maximum value of $43.75 million...it is the longest commitment the Rays have made to a pitcher...his new contract was only the fifth contract worth over $20 million given by Stuart Sternberg's ownership group...it is the largest guarantee in major league history for a player with less than one year of service time...there have been only five such deals in major league history, and the Rays have made three of those five.
Saw his first extended action in the major leagues, and finished 3rd in the voting for the 2013 BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year behind teammate Wil Myers and BOS/DET Jose Iglesias…finished with 35 points (with one 1st place vote) in the 5-3-1 point system, the most among AL pitchers... Despite not joining the Rays from Triple-A Durham until June 1 in their 55th game, he led AL rookies (min. 100 IP) in ERA (3.22), opponents' average (.226), complete games (2), shutouts (2) and WHIP (1.13)…was 2nd in innings pitched (128.2) and 3rd in wins (9)... Only two AL rookie starters with 20 or more starts have posted a lower ERA over the last 20 years... Set career highs with 178.2 IP (128.2 with Rays, 50 with Durham) and 33 starts (23 with Rays, 10 with Durham)... Became one of only three AL rookies since 1993 to throw 2 complete-game shutouts and all three are Rays…joined Rolando Arrojo (1998) and Jeff Niemann (2009)…he was also the first AL rookie in 26 years to record 2 walk-less According to FanGraphs, averaged 95.0 mph on his fastball, making him the hardest-throwing starter in the AL (min. 20 starts)…TEX Derek Holland was the next closest at 93.6... In July won both the AL Pitcher of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month awards…only two others have won the rookie award and Player or Pitcher of the Month in the same month…joined teammate Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and LAA Mike Trout (July 2012)…for July, went 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA (37-IP, 17-H, 3-ER) over 5 starts…his 0.73 ERA was the best in major league history by a rookie in the month of July and set a club record for lowest ERA in any month…helped the Rays to a 21-5 record... Was the third Rays pitcher to be named AL Rookie of the Month, joining Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and Wade Davis (July 2010)... Went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA (58.1-IP, 16-ER) in 10 starts vs. AL East teams, including 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA (22-IP, 3-ER) in 3 starts vs. NYY…became the first rookie with 3 wins over the Yankees in a season since TEX Kevin Brown (3) in 1989…according to Stats LLC, his 1.23 ERA was the 2nd lowest ever by a rookie vs. the Yankees (min. 20 IP), trailing only CWS Bill Long (1.13 ERA in 1987)... Tossed complete-game shutouts on July 14 at HOU (his first career CG) and July 27 at NYY…prior to July 14, his longest career outing (including minors) was only 7 IP…in his 1-0 win at NYY on July 27 he became the first Ray ever to throw a CG shutout vs. the Yankees…it came in the Rays 268th game vs. New York…his line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 97 pitches, 67 strikes…he also became the fourth rookie
pitcher to throw a 1-0 shutout with 2 or fewer hits vs. NYY, third at Yankee Stadium (new or old), according to the Elias Sports Bureau…the first two came five days apart in September 1914 by the Senators' Jim Shaw (at WAS) and Jack Bentley (at NYY), and the last before Archer's was by BAL Don Ferrarese (at NYY) on May 12, 1956... Over his final 19 starts (beginning June 23), went 8-4 with a 2.89 ERA (109-IP, 35-ER)…was 1-3 with a 5.03 ERA over his first 4 starts. After teammate David Price returned from the DL on July 2, Archer went 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA and averaged 15.6 pitches per inning…he went 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA and averaged 18.8 pitches per inning during Price's absence. 97) Right-handed batters hit just .176/.237/.218 (34-for-193) against him…allowed only 4 extra-base hits to righties all season…righties had a .218 SLG against him, lowest in the AL after his
recall on June 1... Held opposing batters to a .206 avg. (20-for- with runners in scoring position, the 9thlowest mark in the AL after June 1. At Durham, went 5-3 with a 3.96 ERA (50-IP, 22-ER), 52 SO, 23 BB and 50 hits allowed in 10 starts... Entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Rays organization behind OF Wil Myers…was also rated by the publication as the Best Slider in the Rays system for the second straight season... POSTSEASON: Pitched out of the bullpen and appeared in 2 games…in Game 1 of the ALDS at BOS, worked 1.1 IP (1-H, 0-R, 2-SO) retiring Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes…in Game 4 at home entered in the 9th inning and faced one batter, allowing a sac fly to Pedroia.