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24 Chris Archer SP

Pittsburgh Pirates

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
40%16%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
119.23905.1914355
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2018PIT684.3127270000148.1155777119649162
2019PIT395.1923220000119.2114736925455143

Player Updates

June 3, 2020 01:40 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Out for '20 with thoracic outlet surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer underwent surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome and has been ruled out for the 2020 season.

Archer wasn't known to be dealing with any physical concerns during spring training before MLB suspended its season in mid-March, so the assumption is that his thoracic outlet symptoms are related to the right shoulder discomfort he experienced last August. The Pirates are optimistic that Archer will make a full recovery from surgery before the 2021 season, but his rehab will be worth tracking throughout the winter and during spring training next year. It's possible that Archer could find himself in a different uniform next season, as his contract contains a pricey $11 million team option for 2021 that the Pirates could buy out for just $250,000.

March 7, 2020 12:24 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Tastes Grapefruit League success
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer hurled two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Friday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four against Toronto, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Archer was not only encouraged by his results, but also by his health. "I felt really good about what I accomplished today," he said. "Most importantly, I walked away healthy. I'm really happy about that." The righty had previously been bothered by neck tightness. He's in competition with Joe Musgrove for the team's Opening Day assignment in Tampa Bay on March 26.

March 6, 2020 08:44 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Confirmed for Friday start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's spring game against the Blue Jays, according to Adam Berry of MLB.com.

It was announced Thursday that Archer would take the ball Friday for the first time this spring, and the Pirates' lineup reveals he will do just that. Given he's a couple weeks behind his fellow starters, It's unlikely Archer goes more than a inning or two in Friday's contest.

March 5, 2020 08:20 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Spring debut set for Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) is scheduled to make his spring debut Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

It has been nearly two weeks since Archer was scratched with a stiff neck, but he is now on the verge of taking the ball for the first time this spring. While he is a bit behind the rest of his fellow starting pitchers, the Pirates have not ruled him out for Opening Day.

March 4, 2020 10:00 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Guidance expected soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates are expected to have a decision on how they are going to proceed with Archer (neck) on Thursday or Friday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Manager Derek Shelton gave no update on Archer following his throwing of live batting practice Monday. The team has already lost one potential starter, Steven Brault (shoulder), for an undetermined amount of time. Archer still has time to begin the season in the starting rotation, provided he returns within the next week.

March 4, 2020 03:16 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Fares well during live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Archer's (neck) live batting practice session went well Monday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Pittsburgh hasn't laid out the next step for Archer just yet, but he'll presumably be included on the team's pitching schedule over the weekend or early next week. If Archer can avoid any further setbacks with his neck, he should have enough time to prepare for a potential Opening Day starting assignment.

March 1, 2020 03:16 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Live BP on tap Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) will throw live batting practice Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Archer was scratched from his scheduled start last Monday due to neck tightness, but his quick return to mound work indicates it's not a serious concern. A good showing Monday could have Grapefruit League games up next for the right-hander.

February 27, 2020 03:52 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Throwing program outlined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (neck) played catch Wednesday and will likely throw a bullpen session over the weekend.

He's expected to continue playing catch for the next several days. Barring a setback, he'll then throw the bullpen session. Archer has plenty of incentive to rebound from a disastrous 2019. The better he pitches, the better the chance his value increases and he's dealt to a contender.

February 24, 2020 01:24 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Scratched from start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer was scratched from his start scheduled for Monday with neck tightness.

Archer had been scheduled to make his first start of the spring against the Yankees on Monday, but the Pirates will hold him back as a precaution after he experienced neck tightness. The issue doesn't sound too severe, but the right-hander could be limited over the next few days as a result. Archer missed the end of the 2019 season with a shoulder injury but didn't face any limitations during the offseason.

December 16, 2019 05:24 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Gets clean bill of health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) is fully healthy and shouldn't have any limitations for offseason training, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The right-hander missed a sizeable portion of the second half of the season as a result of inflammation with his throwing shoulder, but the team said Monday that he should be "full systems go" for offseason training. Prior to the injury, Archer posted a career-worst 5.19 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 2019 and will look to bounce back in 2020 after having a normal offseason of work.

November 4, 2019 04:08 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) will have his $8.25 million option picked up for the 2020 season, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The move was widely expected despite Archer's struggles in his injury-plagued 2019 season, as he posted a 5.19 ERA with a 143:55 K:BB over 119.2 innings. The 31-year-old's above-average strikeout rate props up his fantasy value, and he'll look to remain healthy and limit run production in 2020.

October 31, 2019 06:04 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Likely to have option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer will likely have his $8.25 million option picked up for the 2020 season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The 31-year-old had a down year in 2019 as he battled various injuries, posting a career-worst 5.19 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP over 23 starts. Still, Archer has an above-average fastball velocity and still was getting plenty of empty swings against him this past season. An official decision will need to be made by Monday.

September 17, 2019 09:12 AM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Shifts to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

He has already been ruled out for the season, so this is simply a bookkeeping move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Archer showed some flashes prior to the injury, logging a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in his final 18 innings, but his 5.19 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the season should result in him being readily available late in drafts in 2020.

September 15, 2019 01:52 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Archer (shoulder) has been shut down for the rest of the season, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

After landing on the injured list Aug. 21 with right shoulder inflammation, Archer was cleared to resume a throwing program less than two weeks later. Since he started playing catch off flat ground earlier this month, Archer hasn't made enough progress to realistically build up to a starter's workload before season's end, making it an easy decision for the PIrates to shutter him. Archer will wrap up a highly disappointing campaign with a 5.19 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 143:55 K:BB across 119.2 innings, but the Pirates are still expected to pick up his affordable $8.25 million team option for 2020 and keep him in the fold as a member of the rotation.

September 4, 2019 05:48 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer (shoulder) is playing catch on flat ground, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Archer has been down since experiencing shoulder soreness just over two weeks ago, but it appears he is feeling good enough to throw again. Archer still has a few steps to complete before he is ready for game action again, but he still has a chance to pitch again for the big club before the season comes to a close.

August 28, 2019 04:40 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Does throwing-like activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Archer (shoulder) did some "one-arm plyometric throwing-like activities" Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

While it's not quite the same as picking up a ball and throwing, this is still a step in the right direction for Archer, who has been shut down from throwing since landing on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. He's expected to be re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days.

August 27, 2019 02:32 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Won't throw this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Archer recently received a second opinion on his right shoulder, which confirmed the original diagnosis of inflammation, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Huntington said that Archer would be shut down for the next 7-to-10 days before the Pirates reassess the right-hander's status. Based on that timeline, Archer seems unlikely to return from the 10-day injured list until at least mid-September, and he may not have time to re-condition his arm for a starter's workload. Before getting hurt, the 30-year-old posted a career-worst 5.19 ERA in 119.2 innings, but Huntington recently suggested the Pirates are leaning toward exercising Archer's $9 million club option for 2020.

August 22, 2019 10:24 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: To IL with shoulder inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

He left Tuesday's start after just one inning due to shoulder discomfort. It will cost him at least another start and he may end up missing significant time. The Pirates are out of the playoff hunt, so they will proceed cautiously with Archer, who had actually shown improvement lately. He logged a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 18 innings over his last four appearances. Dario Agrazal, who was recalled in a corresponding move, could take his place in the rotation.

August 21, 2019 03:20 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Leaves with shoulder discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer was pulled from Tuesday's game versus the Nationals with right shoulder discomfort.

Archer took the mound for the second inning but fired his first warmup toss high and subsequently exited the contest without another throw. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but given that it's a shoulder injury, the 30-year-old seems likely to undergo an MRI, even if it's mostly precautionary.

August 21, 2019 03:16 PM
Pirates' Chris Archer: Exits Tuesday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Archer was removed at the start of the second inning Tuesday with an apparent injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Archer delivered a scoreless first frame against the Nationals and threw one warmup pitch leading into the second inning, but he appeared to tweak something as the throw went high. He then left the field. More information should be available on the situation as Archer is further evaluated.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Cincinnati 6.010 4.50027
vs LHB 52.100 5.5002766
vs RHB 67.100 4.9502877
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
7/17@STL0006.05328
7/23STL0106.07426
7/28@NYM0105.05544
8/3NYM0006.05126
8/9@STL0006.07209
8/14@LAA0105.053210
8/20WAS0001.02002
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020PIT00---00000000000000
2019PIT395.1923230000119.7114736925455143
2018PIT684.3127270000148.3155777119649162
2017TB10124.0834340000201.01931019127560249
2016TB9194.0233330000201.31831009030367233
2015TB12133.2334341100212.0175857619366252
2014TB1093.340320000194.7177857212872173
2013TB973.230232200128.7107494615838101
2012TB134.6404000029.3231715311336
2011TB000.000000000.00000000
Total60803.86021033001235.01127587530150384201349
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020PIT000---00000------0---
2019PIT2981120.9000106.2491.41252613.01
2018PIT31451211.2000106.2681.37563812.74
2017TB01681770.90000015.2461.25985211.55
2016TB01931701.10001011.2381.24285011.31
2015TB01861861.00000013.2201.13786810.36
2014TB11971951.00145108.2431.28282211.91
2013TB21391321.10162007.2261.13152510.74
2012TB022270.8012102.2151.23712211.44
2011TB0000.0000000-0.0000.0000-0.00
Total8114811201.0076345068.2401.253520311.55
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2006R-Burlington 1.210000011215.002.500
2006R-Indians 19.17600302117177.541.780
2007A-Lake County 4.01000005359.002.000
2007R-Indians 52.2121101704821565.691.475
2008A-Lake County115.12727048010684924.301.529
2009AFX-Peoria109.02726064011966782.811.321
2010AFA-Daytona Cubs 72.0151407108226542.881.111
2010AA-Tennessee Smokies 70.0131308206739481.801.243
2011AAA-Durham Bulls 13.0220100126110.691.308
2011AA-Montgomery Biscuits134.025250870118801364.431.612
2012AAA-Durham Bulls128.02525079013962993.661.258
2013AAA-Durham Bulls 50.0101005305223503.961.460
2018AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab 4.01100007100.000.250
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/195
Birthdate:
9/26/1988
Age:
31
Hometown:
Clayton, NC
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Pittsburgh Pirates
College:

MLB Experience:
8