The Chicago Cubs’ organization handed out some hardware yesterday, awarding AA pitcher Chris Archer Pitcher of the Year, and awarding Brandon Guyer Player of the Year. Both are still playing, as AA Tennessee heads to the Southern League Championship Series beginning today.
Chris Archer was something of a no-brainer for Pitcher of the Year after going a combined 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.173 WHIP combined over stops at High A Daytona and AA Tennessee. In the latter stop, the 21-year-old Archer put up a 1.80 ERA in 70 innings, while striking out 67. You may recall that the Cubs acquired Archer last winter in the Mark DeRosa deal.
Brandon Guyer, a fifth-round pick by the Cubs in 2007, put up a .344/.398/.588 line in 102 games at AA Tennessee this year, and stole 30 bases (he was caught just three times). He played every outfield position this year, and played them well.