9/24 Archer throws at Wrigley

Chris Archer, the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year, had a chance to get a bullpen session in at Wrigley Field on Friday. Archer and outfielder Brandon Guyer, named the organization’s player of the year, were to be honored Saturday prior to the Cubs’ game against the Cardinals.

Archer, 21, combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA (37 earned runs in 142 1/3 innings) in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Tennessee. He struck out 149 in 142 1/3 innings and walked 65. He credited Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins with helping him get on track.

“Some things fell in place and I started to feel a lot more comfortable,” said Archer, who improved command of his fastball. “Everybody has told me once you start throwing strikes, you’re going to move fast and be successful and that’s what’s happening.”

Originally selected by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft, Archer was acquired along with pitchers Jeff Stevens and John Gaub in the December 2006 trade for infielder Mark DeRosa. He knows how popular DeRosa was in Chicago.

“I let it motivate me because I wanted to prove to the fans and show they made a good decision,” he said.

Archer will pitch for the U.S. team in the Pan American Qualifying Team tournament in Puerto Rico, which begins next week.

– Carrie Muskat

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