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Trevor May, Chris Archer are coming

A look at 10 statistical leaders across the last two months of minor league ball

Originally Published: August 30, 2010
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesWrigley's been a house of horrors this year, but the Cubs have two minor league statistical leaders eventually on the way.

Here's a look at minor league statistical leaders since July. While baseball is definitely a stats-centric game in some respects, this doesn't tell the entire story; it's still a helpful guide to some names to know in the coming years.

Chris Archer, RHP, Chicago Cubs (Double-A Tennessee)
Archer is one of four minor league hurlers with eight wins over the past two months. Wins are not an ideal way to judge pitchers -- this is even more true at the minor league level -- but Archer is doing well in other facets; namely, he has a 1.57 ERA in 11 starts at Double-A ball. He's a long-limbed, athletic righty with two plus pitches -- fastball and curve -- who sometimes struggles with control. However, Double-A bats are .189 against him and he's allowed a scant two homers in 217 plate appearances. His stuff should be considered proven at this level.