John Gant
John Gant
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gant won as many games (11) as Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Jack Flaherty, Zack Wheeler, Sonny Gray, Kyle Hendricks, Trevor Bauer and Masahiro Tanaka. He also logged 18 holds and three saves, indicating high-leverage usage. This was despite Gant's 22.3% strikeout rate and 12.6% walk rate both being below average. However, Gant allowed only four homers in 66.1 frames, hence the late-inning trust. While his 12.3% swinging strike mark should have resulted in more punchouts, a low 63% strike level reduced his effectiveness. A former starter, Gant still features a four-pitch arsenal, led by a 96-mph fastball. Firmly entrenched as a reliever, perhaps Gant refines his repertoire, improving his control. Until he does, he'll be risky since it's not wise to assume repeating the low home run rate. His 2020 usage is in question since a late-season swoon kept the right-hander off the Cardinals' playoff roster. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Cardinals in January of 2020, avoiding arbitration.
Likely to see setup work
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 15, 2020
Gant is projected to frequently be utilized as an eighth-inning option this coming season, Mark Saxon of The Athletic projects.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander has been one of the team's more versatile and valued pitching assets the last two seasons, a stretch during which Gant has logged 90 appearances, with 19 of those coming in a starting capacity. Gant has produced sub-4.00 ERAs in that pair of campaigns as well, and in his stab at projecting the season-opening pitching depth chart, Saxon lists him as the right-handed component of a setup platoon of sorts with southpaw Andrew Miller. Naturally, Gant could ultimately also be deployed in a couple of other roles as the uniquely formatted regular season unfolds, considering his past body of work corroborates his ability to either operate in long relief or make the occasional start when necessary.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does John Gant generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2020
No Stats
2019
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .210 346 65 52 61 14 2 9
Since 2018vs Right .217 419 92 40 81 17 1 4
2020vs Left .000 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .000 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .221 94 18 17 17 6 0 3
2019vs Right .215 175 42 17 34 5 1 1
2018vs Left .208 249 47 34 44 8 2 6
2018vs Right .224 238 48 23 47 12 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-22%
ERA on Road
2020
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-42%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.90 1.31 94.2 10 6 2 7.9 4.8 0.9
Since 2018Away 3.06 1.25 88.1 8 1 1 7.5 4.2 0.4
2020Home 0.00 0.60 1.2 0 0 0 5.4 5.4 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2019Home 4.64 1.39 33.0 5 1 2 9.0 5.2 0.8
2019Away 2.70 1.17 33.1 6 0 1 7.3 4.1 0.3
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
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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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.00
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.38
 
BABIP
.000
 
GB/FB
5.00
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2236 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
13.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Relief role likelier than ever
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 13, 2020
Gant, once considered a candidate to open the season in the starting rotation, is now much likelier to start 2020 in a relief role, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Throws in relief
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 13, 2020
Gant was credited with his second victory of the spring in a Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Thursday, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed two hits and two walks while recording a strikeout.
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Continues push for rotation spot
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 8, 2020
Gant started Saturday's Grapefruit League win over the Astros and fired four scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and two walks while recording three strikeouts.
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Impressive as starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 25, 2020
Gant started Monday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins and allowed an unearned run and a walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out two.
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Potential short-term starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 19, 2020
Gant is one of several pitchers on the Cardinals' staff that could have an opportunity to temporarily take Miles Mikolas' (forearm) spot in the rotation, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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