Archer, a right-handed pitcher for the Durham Bulls, the Tampa Bay Rays' minor-league team in North Carolina, was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in January 2011 as part of the Matt Garza-Fernando Perez trade. Archer attended Clayton High School in Clayton, N.C., and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians. We caught up with Archer, who describes himself as an avid reader, by phone from North Carolina. "But the truth is that when I was younger, I wasn't interested in reading,'' he said. "I read now because I realized I needed to be sure to keep increasing knowledge. That decision to start reading more goes back to 2006 when I was drafted. My mentor and I talked about how I needed to make sure I kept educating myself, since I wasn't going on in school but playing pro ball instead.''
What's on your nightstand?
The Hunger Games trilogy. I read three or four books that challenge me, and then I take a break with more of an entertainment book, so that's what I was ready for with Hunger Games. The challenging book I read before I started Suzanne Collins was Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. It was the most enlightening book I ever read about how through fear, people hold themselves back. Napoleon Hill has conversations with the devil, and it opens your eyes to new thoughts.
Have you seen the Hunger Games movie yet?
Nope, and I believe books are always much better than the movie, but I am looking forward to seeing it after I finish the series. It's interesting that it was filmed in North Carolina, where I'm from.
Who is your favorite sportswriter?
Truthfully, I make sure that I don't pay attention to what the news is saying about us on a daily basis, so that being said, I don't pay attention to specific writers. I keep up with trades on the Rays' website and I check box scores, but while I'm playing, that's it.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.