June 25, 2021

Yankees mailbag: Chris Archer trade, Scooter Gennett, Mike Ford, more (Pinstripe Alley)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another installment in the Ask Pinstripe Alley mailbag series. We have six answers for you this week. As always, keep sending questions in our weekly mailbag call or by e-mail at pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Davidg1570 asks: With the Pirates rebuilding, what do you think about Chris Archer? He still strikes out a ton of batters and could maybe rebound in the AL East.

Once upon a time, I dreamed of seeing Chris Archer in pinstripes. Now? The hardest of hard passes. Despite his quality strikeout numbers, Archer struggled mightily in 2019. He walked a ton of batters (4.14 BB/9) and gave up a bunch of dingers (1.88 HR/9).

The right-hander still has quality velocity on his fastball and a good spin rate on his breaking ball, two qualities the Yankees love. The results don’t match the process, though. He gives off big time Michael Pineda vibes.

Baseball Savant

Archer tore it up from 2013-2015, but he’s been league average or worse ever since. I can’t imagine the Yankees having interest in him at his $9 million salary. They can find better arms elsewhere….

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