Clayton native Chris Archer will start the 2011 season with the Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits, the Ray's Double-A franchise. Archer was moved from the Chicago Cubs' franchise to the Tampa Bay Rays' farm system during the off-season in a trade.
The 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher and the rest of the Biscuits open their season Thursday against Birmingham (Ala.). Montgomery will visit the Carolina Mudcats May 3-7.
Archer was 15-3 last season in the Cubs' organization between Single-A Dayton and Double-A Tennessee with a 2.34 ERA. He was also named the Cub's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He didn't allow an earned run in four appearances with the Rays' big league club in spring training this year.