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Rays call up Triple-A strikeout leader Chris Archer

Sep 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Chris Archer made two starts filling in for an injured Jeremy Hellickson earlier this season and the 23-year-old right-hander is back with the Rays for the stretch run.

Archer, who ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects for both 2011 and 2012, led the Triple-A International League in strikeouts this season with 139 in 128 innings and started 25 games with a 3.66 ERA for Durham.

His exact role is unclear, but Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays may use Archer to give Alex Cobb a break in the rotation because they want to monitor his workload. And in the meantime Archer will be available out of the bullpen.

  1. alexb64 - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    The Rays just decided to enter the DANGER ZOOOOOONE.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      His nickname in the minors has been Duchess.

  2. ravensoriolesnation - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    let him pitch to the Orioles and we will see about he’s fastball

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