Archer wins AL pitcher and rookie awards for July
RHP Chris Archer already had a pretty good July.
And Monday, it actually got better, as he was voted the American League Pitcher and Rookie of the Month.
In the 13 years since the rookie award was added, Archer is only the second pitcher to win both awards. The other was Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson in May 2011. And only one American League position player has won the double – Los Angeles OF Mike Trout in July 2012.
There have been three National League double winners: Florida's Dontrelle Willis in June 2003, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in July 2007 and Los Angeles Yasiel Puig this past June.
Archer’s credentials were impressive: a 4-0 record and and 0.73 ERA over five starts, complete-game shutouts of the Astros and Yankees, seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 37.0 innings, and a .140 opponents average.
His 0.73 ERA ranks as one of the best months for any rookie pitcher since the live ball era began in 1920, with a minimum 35 innings. The only better were Los Angeles’ Fernando Valenzuela, 0.20 in April 1981; Boston’s Boo Ferriss, 0.67 in May 1945; and Cincinnati’s Junior Thompson, 0.72 in September 1939.
But Archer was not necessarily a clear winner for either award – and that’s just among his teammates. Rookie OF Wil Myers hit .352 with four homers and 18 RBIs, and staff ace LHP David Price was 5-1, 1.68 in six starts.