First up in our 2018 Georgia Tech baseball player profiles is sophomore right-hander Andy Archer.
Archer’s freshman season wasn’t the way he planned it to go, to say the least. Due to injury, the then true-freshman saw time in just seven games last season, all coming in relief appearances. He would able to get extra work in this summer however as he played in the Northwoods League for the Green Bay Bullfrogs.
In those seven appearances, Archer 9.1 innings and faced 38 batters. Over the course of his 9.1 innings pitched, the Duluth native allowed five runs on seven hits, four walks, and two hit-by-pitches. He was able to strike out seven batters in the process. Despite an ERA of 4.82 in his nine innings, Archer did keep opposing hitters to just a .203 batting average.
In his work this summer in the Northwoods League, Archer was able to pitch 15 innings, striking out 11 while collecting a modest 3.60 ERA.
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In his few appearances last season, Archer showed that he has the stuff to be a quality reliever for the Jackets going forward. He was able to show last season quality control, with just six batters reaching base in nine innings by walk or HBP. While Danny Hall would like to see that lowered, it was a good start for a pitcher who saw limited time on the mound.
Archer in 2018 should see an expanded role and with strong performances early on could put himself in a position to make him one of the Jackets’ premier relievers. Last season, the Jackets pitching plagued them and strengthening the bullpen would go a long ways for the Jackets.
That being said, Archer will need to make sure he does limit the contact opposing batters do make when they face him. Despite his .203 batting average against, he still gave up three home runs.
There’s a lot of potential in Archer and if he can tap into it, he’ll be a great asset for the Jackets in not just 2018 but in both 2019 and 2020.