KINGSPORT — Former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Caldwell holds the team record for wins at 22. Not an important bit of trivia — unless you’re Tristan Archer.
Archer, a 2009 graduate of Sullivan South, was selected by the Brewers on Saturday in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball draft.
“I wasn’t aware I had been picked,” Archer said. “I got a text from one of my teammates and it was a little bit after that when Milwaukee called. I talked with the Padres yesterday and they had mentioned possibly ninth or 10th round.”
The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher spent the past four seasons throwing for Tennessee Tech. In that time he compiled 23 wins, including a 9-4 record this season. He also was selected first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference his senior season.
Archer said Saturday night that the team was sending him to Single-A Helena (Mont.) and he’ll be leaving either Monday or Tuesday. The Pioneer League season begins Thursday, June 20.
There will be some adjustments for the young rookie as he enters the professional ranks.
“I know that they use a different type of ball, the seams are lower and it is harder to throw a breaking pitch,” Archer said. “Also I am used to pitching once a week. I hope that I start and can get settled in. But I could go to the bullpen and have to try to find a set routine that I feel comfortable with.”
As a senior at South, Archer was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 38th round.
“It’s always cool to say you got drafted, but I knew they weren’t going to offer much,” he said. “I knew I was going to college and it has been an awesome experience.”
If for some unforeseen reason the professional baseball route falls through, Archer has been pursuing the most apt college major: agriculture with an emphasis in turf management.
“When I’m not on the field it will be a great opportunity to talk with the groundskeepers and learn from them,” he said.
Science Hill’s Will Craig also heard his named called Saturday. The third baseman/pitcher was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round.