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Guyer, Archer Win Cubs Minor League Awards

September 13, 2010 - Southern League (SL) - Tennessee Smokies News Release

KODAK, Tenn. - Tennessee Smokies OF Brandon Guyer and RHP Chris Archer were named by the Chicago Cubs this afternoon as the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The duo will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs' September 25 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Guyer, a 2010 Southern League Postseason All-Star recipient and the league's Offensive Player of the Week for the week of July 26-August 1, hit .344 (127-for-369) for the Smokies in 102 games this year. He led the Southern League in slugging percentage (.588) and OPS (.986), and ranked second in batting average and third in doubles (39).

Guyer's season was buoyed by a second half that saw him hit at a .424 clip and record an 18-game hit streak between July 26-August 18. Guyer was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia.

Between High-A Daytona and Tennessee, Archer went 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA this year. Promoted to Double-A on June 28, Archer would toss 31.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to begin his time with the Smokies. In 13 starts for Tennessee, he went 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA.

Archer was named the Southern League's Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 19-25. The Raleigh, N.C. native was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Archer was then acquired by Chicago in the Mark DeRosa trade in 2009.

2010 Player Stats: AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB OBP SLG

Guyer, Brandon .344 102 369 76 127 39 6 13 58 0 .398 .588 Tennessee (AA)

2010 Player Stats: W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO

Archer, Chris 15-3 2,34 28 27 0 0 0 142.1 102 46 37 6 65 149 Tennessee (AA) Daytona (A)

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