John Gant
John Gant
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gant and Austin Gomber are two of the names fighting at the back end of the rotation in St. Louis; Gant is the one with more upside. He has the better fastball and a (vulcan) changeup, but had more difficulty with control between the two of them. Gant made a spot start in May, but once he came up for good in the rotation in late June, he went 6-4 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 16 starts. The ERA was low for a WHIP in that range, and the 5.5 K-BB% as well as the 4.43 FIP back up the risks of considering last year's numbers his current baseline. The stuff is there for Gant to possibly take another step forward, but his control issues need to be resolved in order for that to happen. If you're wondering how much his odd windup impacts his control, understand his walk rate worsens when he is pitching from the stretch and not using it. Read Past Outlooks
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Multi-inning win in relief
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 15, 2019
Gant (6-0) fired three scoreless innings in a win over the Mets on Friday, allowing two hits and striking out one.
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Gant was his typically efficient self, needing just 36 pitches to record nine outs. The right-hander notched first-pitch strikes on 11 of the 12 hitters he faced and helped afford the rest of his bullpen mates some downtime by mostly cruising through the final three frames. The scoreless effort was a nice departure from a brief two-appearance hiccup for Gant, who'd allowed a combined three earned runs to the Cubs and Marlins in his previous pair of outings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .197 334 64 47 56 10 2 11
Since 2017vs Right .215 366 78 29 71 16 1 5
2019vs Left .111 52 12 7 5 2 0 2
2019vs Right .169 85 24 2 14 2 0 1
2018vs Left .208 249 47 34 44 8 2 6
2018vs Right .224 238 48 23 47 12 0 3
2017vs Left .259 33 5 6 7 0 0 3
2017vs Right .270 43 6 4 10 2 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.12 1.14 86.2 7 6 2 7.9 3.9 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.27 1.26 82.2 6 1 1 7.2 4.1 0.8
2019Home 0.96 0.54 18.2 2 0 2 10.1 1.9 1.0
2019Away 2.33 0.93 19.1 4 0 1 7.0 2.3 0.5
2018Home 3.60 1.28 60.0 5 5 0 7.4 4.7 0.9
2018Away 3.33 1.31 54.0 2 1 0 7.7 4.3 0.5
2017Home 4.50 1.50 8.0 0 1 0 6.8 3.4 1.1
2017Away 4.82 1.61 9.1 0 0 0 4.8 6.8 2.9
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Stat Review
How does John Gant compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.00
 
K/9
8.5
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
95.8 mph
 
ERA
1.66
 
WHIP
0.74
 
BABIP
.184
 
GB/FB
1.73
 
Left On Base
88.2%
 
Exit Velocity
85.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.3%
 
Spin Rate
2304 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.4%
 
Swinging Strike
13.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Traded to the Cardinals in December 2016, Gant was opening eyes for his new club with a strong early showing in the Grapefruit League. However, a strained groin in mid-March dashed his slim hopes of heading north, instead landing him on the disabled list. Upon being activated in mid-July, Gant was optioned to Triple-A Memphis, and he went on to post a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 18 starts before being called up in late August. Gant toiled in the Cardinals' bullpen before starting a couple games to close the season. In 17.1 frames, he walked 10 with only 11 strikeouts -- not a good omen heading into 2018. St. Louis' rotation is set, so expect Gant to battle for a bullpen role, working mostly in mop-up duty.
A strong spring training performance landed Gant on the Braves' 2016 Opening Day roster, but he was quickly demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett after surrendering four runs in his first two big league innings. The young righty was a serviceable starter in Triple-A, posting 3.14 ERA and 48:13 K:BB over 43 innings. In early June, an injury to Williams Perez opened the door for Gant to join the big league rotation and he responded well with a 3.38 ERA and 17:6 K:BB over 18.2 innings in four starts. An oblique injury caused him to miss nearly two months and he was placed in a bullpen role for the last couple weeks of the season. Now that he's been traded the Cardinals, a team with far more talent in the rotation, Gant will likely remain in the bullpen, and he's not even assured of a spot there.
An unheralded 21st-round pick out of high school in 2011, Gant was acquired by the Braves last summer via trade. At 6-foot-5, he has an unusual delivery, which has seemingly made it difficult for opposing hitters to square up his offerings. Upon being acquired by Atlanta, Gant pitched well at Double-A Mississippi, finishing with a 43:14 K:BB over 40.2 innings (seven starts). At age 23, he may end up back in the minors even if the Braves give him the ball as their fifth starter to begin the season, but he appears to be near the top of the list to step into the rotation with Mike Foltynewicz returning from injury, and Manny Banuelos slowed by elbow soreness again this spring.
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Remains perfect on season
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 7, 2019
Gant (5-0) fired 1.1 perfect innings in a win over the Reds on Thursday, recording one strikeout.
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Records third save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 2, 2019
Gant recorded two outs to get his third save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday.
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Rare stumble in loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 16, 2019
Gant allowed two earned runs on two hits over an inning in a loss to the Braves on Wednesday. He struck out two.
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Gets second save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 28, 2019
Gant earned his second save by retiring the lone batter he faced in a 5-2 win over the Reds on Sunday.
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Nabs first save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 2, 2019
Gant grabbed his first save in an extra-innings win over the Pirates on Monday, allowing just a walk over a scoreless 11th inning.
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