John Gant
John Gant
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
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
Impressive in intrasquad game
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 14, 2019
Gant fired two strong innings in an intrasquad game Thursday morning, Glenn Sattell of reports.
The right-hander remained in firm contention for the final rotation spot with his showing, one in which his breaking ball was particularly effective. Gant seemingly kept pace with his primary competition for the job, Dakota Hudson, who allowed just an earned run over three innings in a Wednesday start versus the Marlins. The battle between the two hurlers could come down to the final week of spring, with the loser likely opening the season in a bullpen role.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .224 402 78 54 77 16 3 12
Since 2016vs Right .253 383 77 34 85 18 3 8
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
2016vs Left .248 120 26 14 26 8 1 3
2016vs Right .315 102 23 7 28 4 2 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 4.29 1.44 86.0 5 8 0 8.1 4.8 1.2
Since 2016Away 3.68 1.32 95.1 3 3 0 7.4 4.0 0.8
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
2016Home 6.50 1.94 18.0 0 2 0 11.0 6.0 2.0
2016Away 3.94 1.25 32.0 1 2 0 7.6 2.5 0.8
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How does John Gant compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Pitching in intrasquad game
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 13, 2019
Gant, who is one of the leading candidates for the Cardinals' final rotation spot, is slated to throw two innings in an intrasquad game Thursday morning, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
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Finalist for rotation spot
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 12, 2019
Gant is one of two finalists for the Cardinals' fifth starter spot, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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Next spring start set
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 3, 2019
Gant will make his next spring start Wednesday versus the Yankees, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
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Fires three strong innings
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 1, 2019
Gant allowed one run on four hits while striking out one across three innings Friday against the Astros.
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Inefficient in no-decision against Brewers
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 26, 2018
Gant didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Brewers, allowing one run on four hits and three walks over 4.1 innings while striking out two.
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