John Gant
John Gant
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Gant has transitioned from a swingman to a full-time arm out of the Cardinals' bullpen. In 81 relief appearances since 2019, he has posted a 3.43 ERA across 81.1 innings. In addition to the strong surface-level ability to prevent runs, Gant's skills have taken a positive turn since his switch to relief. That reached a peak in the shortened 2020 campaign, when he notched a career-best 12.9% swinging-strike rate that translated to a 29.5% strikeout rate -- nearly nine percent greater than his career average. While Gant's jump in skills was encouraging, the sample size was limited to only 15 innings due to a groin injury that curtailed his campaign. Perhaps more importantly, Gant has little realistic chance of reaching the closer role so long as he shares a bullpen with Giovanny Gallegos and Jordan Hicks. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#586
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2020.
Struggles with command in loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 6, 2021
Gant (2-3) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and six walks while striking out five across 4.1 innings, taking the loss to the Mets on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Gant was lucky he got out of this start with just one earned run. Justin Williams made an outstanding catch to strand the bases loaded in the third inning, and the first inning was the only frame in which Gant didn't allow a runner to get into scoring position. Both runs scored against him were brought home by bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning. The 28-year-old has a 2.15 ERA, but his 1.70 WHIP and 24 walks in 29.1 innings suggest he's not likely to maintain that figure for long.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2021 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2020 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2018 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2017 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
89
Last 10 Games
89
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does John Gant generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does John Gant generally pitch?
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .213 176 35 34 30 8 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .217 287 68 31 55 7 2 1
2021vs Left .213 62 13 14 10 2 0 1
2021vs Right .267 72 12 10 16 1 1 0
2020vs Left .176 20 4 3 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .139 40 14 4 5 1 0 0
2019vs Left .221 94 18 17 17 6 0 3
2019vs Right .215 175 42 17 34 5 1 1
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-47%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-42%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.04 1.51 55.2 6 6 2 8.6 5.8 0.5
Since 2019Away 2.13 1.22 55.0 7 1 1 8.2 4.7 0.3
2021Home 2.35 1.63 15.1 1 2 0 8.2 6.5 0.0
2021Away 1.93 1.79 14.0 1 1 0 7.1 8.4 0.6
2020Home 4.91 1.77 7.1 0 3 0 7.4 7.4 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.39 7.2 0 0 0 14.1 1.2 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
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 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
1.04
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
7.4
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
90.7 mph
 
ERA
2.15
 
WHIP
1.70
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.95
 
Left On Base
84.4%
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2267 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.8%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring John Gant
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: deGromination
6 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitchers, including Aaron Nola with a pair of favorable opponents.
MLB Betting: Friday Best Bets
7 days ago
Joe Sheehan takes stock of his April bets by category and identifies some trends as we move into May before offering up his top wagers for Friday's MLB action.
MLB FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
8 days ago
Jason Shebilske analyzes the top waiver-wire options for the week, including the Mets' J.D. Davis, who is swinging a hot bat since returning from injury.
Week 5 FAAB Results
Week 5 FAAB Results
11 days ago
11 days ago
Sometimes the player you drop is the toughest decision of the FAAB process. Jeff Erickson made the tough decision to release Sixto Sanchez this week.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Don't Walk This Way
13 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitchers with Corbin Burnes leading the way thanks to some sparkling stats and two home matchups.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Earns second straight win
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 30, 2021
Gant (2-2) allowed one run on three hits and five walks while striking out two in five innings to earn the win against the Pirates on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Shuts down Reds for win
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 24, 2021
Gant (1-2) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five across six scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Reds.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Charged with second straight loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 18, 2021
Gant (0-2) allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five in five innings to take the loss against the Phillies on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Takes loss against Nationals
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 12, 2021
Gant (0-1) was tagged with the loss Monday against the Nationals. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks while fanning four across five innings.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Solid in no-decision Tuesday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 6, 2021
Gant didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Marlins, allowing one unearned run on four hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out four.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.