Chris Archer

Chris Archer #22

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 3"/190
  • Age: 27


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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Chris Archer Stats

12-13 3.23 212.0 252 1.14

Chris Archer MLB Career Stats

32-32 3.33 564.2 562 1.19

Chris Archer Bio

  • Full Name: Christopher Alan Archer
  • Born: 9/26/1988 in Raleigh, NC
  • Draft: 2006, Cleveland Indians, 5th rd. (161st overall)
  • High School: Clayton, NC
  • Debut: June 20, 2012
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2015 Stats 12 13 3.23 34 34 0 212.0 252 1.14
MLB Career Stats 32 32 3.33 95 93 0 564.2 562 1.19

Chris Archer Two-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Rays AL 1377 Two-seam FB 95.85 95.03 2176.00 5.97 92.82
MLB Avg - - - Two-seam FB 92.30 91.79 2128.00 6.05 89.60


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October 8, 2015 at 1:18 PM ET

Archer fans 252 batters in 2015

Rays right-hander Chris Archer finished the 2015 regular season with a 12-13 record, a 3.23 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 252 strikeouts across 212 innings.

September 30, 2015 at 9:48 PM ET

Rays set rotation for final series vs. Toronto

Rays manager Kevin Cash announced the team's starting pitchers for the Toronto series that concludes the season: Erasmo Ramirez, Chris Archer and Matt Moore.


Chris Archer Awards

AL All-Star

Year Team League
2015 Tampa Bay AL

AL Pitcher of the Month

Month Team League
07/2013 Tampa Bay AL

AL Rookie of the Month

Month Team League
07/2013 Tampa Bay AL

AL Player of the Week

Week Team League
06/08/2015 Tampa Bay AL

Best Social Media Personality-Esurance MLB Awards

Year Team League
2015 Tampa Bay AL

Baseball America Minor League All-Star

Year Team League
2010 Tennessee SOU Organization All-Star

Year Team League
2010 Chi Cubs NL

Baseball America Triple-A All-Star

Year Team League
2013 Durham INT

INT Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
05/14/2012 Durham INT

SOU Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
07/26/2010 Tennessee SOU
08/22/2011 Montgomery SOU

SOU Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2011 Montgomery SOU

Chris Archer Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2014 3.33 14th in AL
2015 3.23 6th in AL


Season W Rank
2015 12 19th in AL


Season SO Rank
2014 173 14th in AL
2015 252 2nd in AL


Season WHIP Rank
2015 1.14 10th in AL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2014 .243 18th in AL
2015 .220 4th in AL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2014 32 10th in AL
2015 34 1st in AL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2013 2 9th in AL
2015 1 15th in AL


Season SHO Rank
2013 2 3rd in AL
2015 1 6th in AL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2014 194.2 19th in AL
2015 212.0 6th in AL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2014 2.40 11th in AL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
2014 72 6th in AL
2015 66 9th in AL

Chris Archer Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
June 1, 2013 Tampa Bay Rays recalled RHP Chris Archer from Durham Bulls.
March 12, 2013 Tampa Bay Rays optioned Chris Archer to Durham Bulls.
September 7, 2012 Tampa Bay Rays recalled Chris Archer from Durham Bulls.
June 28, 2012 Tampa Bay Rays optioned Chris Archer to Durham Bulls.
June 20, 2012 Tampa Bay Rays recalled Chris Archer from Durham Bulls.
March 12, 2012 Tampa Bay Rays optioned Chris Archer to Durham Bulls.
October 6, 2011 Chris Archer roster status changed by Tampa Bay Rays.
August 23, 2011 RHP Chris Archer assigned to Durham Bulls from Montgomery Biscuits.
March 15, 2011 Tampa Bay Rays optioned Chris Archer to Durham Bulls.
January 8, 2011 Hudson Valley Renegades Traded LHP Zac Rosscup to Boise Hawks; Tampa Bay Rays Traded CF Fernando Perez and RHP Matt Garza to Chicago Cubs; Peoria Chiefs Traded SS Hak-Ju Lee to Bowling Green Hot Rods and Chicago Cubs Traded RF Brandon Guyer, RHP Chris Archer, C Robinson Chirinos and LF Sam Fuld to Tampa Bay Rays.
November 19, 2010 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of Chris Archer from Tennessee Smokies.
June 28, 2010 Chris Archer assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Daytona Cubs.
April 5, 2010 Chris Archer assigned to Daytona Cubs from Peoria Chiefs.

Christopher Alan Archer Bio Info

His hometown of Clayton, N.C., is only a 40-minute drive from Durham...his family and closest friends took advantage of this by attending his home starts for the Bulls last season as well as his major league debut at Nationals Park. ... Named Conference Player of the Year as a senior quarterback at Clayton High School.


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) 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 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 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.

2012 Served two separate stints with the Rays, his first major league action...spent the remainder of the season with Triple-A 6 appearances (4 starts) with the Rays, went 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA (29.1-IP, 15-ER), 36 SO and only 23 hits and 13 BB allowed. ... Named the 2012 Rays Minor League Pitcher of the 25 starts for Durham, he went 7-9 with a 3.66 ERA (128-IP, 52-ER) and led the International League and Rays minor league system with 139 SO...his .216 opp avg. was 3rd best among Triple-A pitchers. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became only the second pitcher in the last 25 years to have 25 SO or more in his first 3 career starts, along with WAS Stephen Strasburg (32 in 2010), and the first to do it in the AL since NYY Al Leiter (25 in 1987) was also a Rays club record for a pitcher in his first 3 starts. ... Was first recalled on June 20 to take the roster spot of Jeremy Hellickson, who was placed on the DL due to right shoulder inflammation... made his major league debut against Strasburg that night at Nationals Park and sustained a 3-2 loss...totaled 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 82 pitches, 49 strikes...allowed 3 hits and 3 runs in the 1st inning but didn't allow a hit in his final 5 innings...his 7 SO were the 2nd most by a Ray in his major league debut behind Wade Davis' 9 SO on Sep 6, 2009 vs. DET...His debut snapped the Rays streak of consecutive games started by a pitcher they drafted at 232 games, a major league record. ... Made his second start on June 26 at KC, losing 8-2 to Bruce Chen...yielded 4 R/ER in 5.2 IP, with 7 SO and 1 BB. ... Optioned back to Durham on June 28, and went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA (51.1-IP, 11-ER) in 11 starts for the Bulls after his return...recalled for a second time on Sep 7 to make a spot start in place of David Price who had shoulder fatigue. ... On Sep 8 vs. TEX, struck out 11 and allowed 2 runs in 7 IP but did not factor in the decision in a 4-2, 10-inning loss...his 11 SO were one shy of the club rookie record set by Dan Wheeler on Sep 12, 1999 vs. OAK (12)...became just the 3rd AL pitcher since 2005 to record 11 or more strikeouts in one of his first 3 career starts... joined teammate Matt Moore on Sep 22, 2011 at NYY (11-SO) and SEA Felix Hernandez on Aug 15, 2005 vs. KC (11-SO). ... Earned his first major league win on Sep 19 vs. BOS in a 13-3 victory over Daisuke Matsuzaka. ... On Sep 13 at BAL, threw 3.2 innings in relief and took the loss as he allowed a walk-off, RBI single to Manny Machado in the 14th inning... it was his first relief appearance since April 16, 2010 with Class-A Daytona...escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 13th, capped by strikeouts of Matt Wieters and Nate McLouth to end the inning. ... Entered his relief app on Sep 13 at BAL as a pinch-hitter, when Ryan Roberts left the game after fouling a ball off his foot in the 11th inning...he eventually struck out...became the first pitcher to enter an AL game (excluding interleague play) as a pinch-hitter and remain in the game to pitch since BOS Joel Finch on July 25, 1979 vs. OAK, in a 16-4 Boston victory. ... Was used twice as a pinch-runner, June 23-24 at PHI...scored the game-tying run in the Rays 9th-inning rally against Jonathan Papelbon in his first pinch-running appearance on June 23. ... In 14 starts at Durham before his first recall, posted a 4-8 record with a 4.81 ERA (76.2-IP, 41-ER) and 90 SO...led all Triple-A pitchers in strikeouts as well as SO/9 IP (10.57) at the time of his recall. ... Named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May...went 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA (34.2- IP, 13-ER) and 49 SO against 14 BB in 6 starts. ... Enters the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Rays organization behind OF Wil Myers...the publication also rated him the No. 3 prospect in the International League, as well as Best Slider in the farm system for a second straight season. 2011 Spent the majority of the season with Double-A Montgomery, making 25 starts in his first season in the Rays system...went 8-7 with a 4.42 ERA (134.1-IP, 66-ER) and on Aug 26 was promoted to Triple-A Durham, where he made two quality starts to end the season...went 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA (13-IP, 1-ER) for the Bulls...Through his first 11 starts (June 1) was 1-3 with a 5.98 ERA (52.2-IP, 35-ER)...after that, went 8-4 with a 3.04 ERA (94.2-IP, 32-ER) over his final 16 starts between Montgomery and Durham...overall was 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA (147.1-IP, 67-ER) in 27 starts...Enters the 2012 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Rays organization, after LH Matt Moore and SS HakJu Lee...the publication also rated him as Best Slider in the farm system...Named a Southern League midseason All-Star... named SL Pitcher of the Week during his final week with the Biscuits...Led the Southern League with 18 wild pitches... his 80 BB were 3rd most in the league...His 130 SO placed 4th among Rays minor leaguers...Started one playoff game for Durham, suffering a loss vs. Columbus (Indians) despite a career-high 11 SO...Traded from the Cubs to the Rays on Jan 8 in an eight-player deal involving Matt Garza...invited to major league camp and appeared in 4 games for the Rays during spring training, compiling a 0.00 ERA (4.1-IP, 2-H, 1-R, 0-ER, 5-BB, 5-SO). 2010 Was a combined 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA (142.1- IP, 37-ER) and 149 SO in 28 games (27 starts) between Class-A Daytona (Cubs) and Double- A Tennessee (Cubs), helping the Smokies to the Southern League North Division title. ... Following the season was named the No. 1 prospect and Best Slider in the Cubs organization by Baseball America...was also named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year. ... Began his pro career 2-16 through his first 2-1/2 seasons, but has gone 18-3 (2.41, 168.1-IP, 45-ER) in his last 34 games (33 starts) since Aug 9, 2009. ... Ranked 3rd among all minor league pitchers in victories...ranked 7th in the minors in ERA. ... Held opponents to a .200 (102-for-509) avg., 3rd best among all minor league pitchers. ... Allowed only 6 home runs to the 590 batters he faced (1 HR per 98 batters faced)...those are the only home runs he has allowed in his last 254.1 innings dating back to Aug 30, 2008...he's allowed only 20 in 444.1 career innings... allowed 2 home runs vs. Tampa (Yankees) in his third start on April 21, the first he had allowed in 119 innings. ... Began the year at Daytona where he won his final seven decisions (May 8-June 27) before earning a promotion to Tennessee...began his Double-A career by not allowing an earned run in his first 31.1 his third week with the club was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (11.1- IP, 0-ER). ... While with Daytona, he defeated Rays farmhand and two-time minor league strikeout champion Matt Moore and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 6-3 on June 3. ... After the season was named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team, which recognizes the top talent in all of minor league baseball. ... Was traded from the cubs to the Rays on Jan 8 in a seven-player deal involving Matt Garza... was unofficially rated the No. 4 prospect in the Rays system. 2009 Did not allow a home run all season in 109 innings at Class-A Peoria (Cubs) in 2009 ... with 119 strikeouts, averaged 9.8 SO/9 IP. 2008 In 2008, with Class-A Lake County (Indians) he held opponents to a .050 average (3-for-60) with 2 outs and runners in scoring position ... allowed 3 hits or less in 16 of his 27 starts and 1 ER or less 14 times, but won only 4 times. ... Following the season, on New Year's Eve, he was acquired by the Cubs from Cleveland, along with pitchers Jeff Stevens and John Gaub for utilityman Mark DeRosa. 2007 Was winless (0-7) in his first 12 professional starts before he defeated the GCL Braves, 8-2, on July 27, 2007 as a member of the GCL Indians.