Friday, July 19, 2013
Can Archer make a late charge for ROY?
Tampa Bay's 24-year-old right-hander Chris Archer hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last eight starts and has put nothing but zeros up on the board in each of his last two outings, which came against Minnesota and Houston.
Many envisioned Wil Myers as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate this season, but could it be the Rays' rookie pitcher who takes home the award? Lets take a look.
ESPN Insider Jim Bowden released his updated Rookie Rankings today, a list dominated by the National League, but in terms of the AL only Boston infielder Jose Iglesius (No. 6) is rated higher than Archer (No. 7). Others who could potentially be in the running for the AL ROY award, depending on how the season plays out, include Myers, Oakland's Dan Straily, Seattle's Nick Franklin and Texas' Jurickson Profar.
Here's Bowden to explain why Archer could have as good a shot as anyone.
Jim BowdenArcher's development means Rays' rich rotation gets richer
"The emergence of Archer has many folks believing the Rays are now the favorites to win the AL East. Archer, 24, has started to really figure it out with a mid-nineties fastball, a wipeout slider and effective changeup. His best performance of the year was last Sunday when he threw a complete-game shutout of the Astros. His command in the strike zone is light-years better than it was a year ago, and his emergence gives the Rays the deepest rotation in the league."