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Chris Archer Loves America, Destroys Cuba

Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
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A crew of minor leaguers are representing the United States in a Pan-Am qualifier right now, and two Chicago Cubs prospects have been playing very well – outfielder Brett Jackson and pitcher Chris Archer. The duo may be the Cubs’ top two prospects, and Archer had a hugely impressive game on Monday night.

Archer, 22, continued what has been a breakout season for him by throwing six shutout innings in a 4-1 victory that sent the unbeaten Team USA into the semifinals of the Pan Am Qualifier event. He struck out 10 and allowed only two hits, using his mid-90s fastball and a slider to dominate a team that included Yulieski Gourriel, Frederich Cepeda, Alexei Bell, Ariel Pestano and other highly experienced Cubans, along with rising star Michel Enriquez, a 21-year-old third baseman.

“Definitely, without a doubt, that was an unbelievable rush,” Archer said by phone. “Going into it I knew it was probably the biggest game I’d played in my life.” Chicago Breaking Sports.


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Archer was recently named the Cubs’ minor league pitcher of the year after finishing the year with a 15-3 record and a 2.34 ERA combined between stops at High A Daytona and AA Tennessee. He’ll get a shot to make the Cubs out of Spring Training next year, and, because he’s been such a dominant starter, the Cubs will almost certainly rush to convert him into a reliever.


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Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

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