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2022 Player Outlook

Archer made just five starts and missed over four months of the season. Upon his return from the IL, he posted a respectable 9.00 K/9 and 4.20 ERA. Home runs have been a major problem the last couple of seasons for Archer, and he's struggled getting deep into games, in large part due to allowing a 5.21 ERA and .361 wOBA the second time through the order. Minnesota will hope that a good defense behind Archer can ignite a bounce back year for a guy with pretty good stuff, but don't be too quick to forget that his fastball velocity has been trending down, and he's allowed a 4.70 ERA over his last 287.1 innings. Yes, in that span, he does have a 10.21 K/9 over that stretch, but as nice as that is, that 1.47 HR/9 is worrisome.

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