Griffin Canning
Griffin Canning
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Angels
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Canning was one of the players who benefitted from the shortened season. March drafters did not know what to do with him after he came down with a balky elbow early in camp and received PRP injections. He was a wild card for drafts because many assumed he would go the way of Garrett Richards, Shohei Ohtani and Andrew Heaney before him and eventually have season-ending Tommy John surgery. Canning, in fact, made a full 11 starts in 2020, albeit with lesser results than his impressive 2019 debut. He lost one mph off his fastball, and the league had an easier time with the pitch as it hit .305 off it (.235 xBA). He also cut back his slider usage in favor of more curves, which is understandable given the barking elbow. If he can regain that zip on his fastball with a normal offseason of recovery, things could get interesting in 2021. Health is a risk, but taking on that risk could come with a nice reward. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#305
ADP
Won't start Sunday's finale
PLos Angeles Angels
September 26, 2020
Canning won't start Sunday's game against the Dodgers as previously scheduled with the Angels eliminated from the playoffs, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The Halos playoff hopes were alive, albeit slim, until Friday, and they'll now shut down the 24-year-old rather than risk potential injury during the last game of the season. Canning posted a 3.99 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 56:23 K:BB over 56.1 innings (11 starts) this season, and he should enter 2021 with a secure spot in the team's starting rotation.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
2020
2019
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...
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
88
Last 10 Games
88
Last 5 Games
96
How many pitches does Griffin Canning 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 Griffin Canning 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 2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
No Stats
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .214 296 72 31 55 10 2 12
Since 2018vs Right .269 326 80 22 79 18 4 10
2020vs Left .232 108 27 11 22 6 0 4
2020vs Right .278 130 29 12 32 5 2 4
2019vs Left .204 188 45 20 33 4 2 8
2019vs Right .263 196 51 10 47 13 2 6
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2018
No Stats
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.07 1.20 86.1 5 3 0 8.7 2.6 1.3
Since 2018Away 4.77 1.38 60.1 2 6 0 10.3 4.2 1.5
2020Home 3.98 1.23 31.2 1 1 0 7.7 2.0 1.7
2020Away 4.01 1.54 24.2 1 2 0 10.6 5.8 0.7
2019Home 4.12 1.19 54.2 4 2 0 9.2 3.0 1.0
2019Away 5.30 1.26 35.2 1 4 0 10.1 3.0 2.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
How does Griffin Canning 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
2.43
 
K/9
8.9
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
3.99
 
WHIP
1.37
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
0.92
 
Left On Base
72.9%
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.2%
 
Spin Rate
2258 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.1%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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 Griffin Canning
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL West
6 days ago
Brad Johnson continues his early-season analysis of pitching across the league with a break down of the American League West where the A’s Jesus Luzardo should be on managers’ lists.
Baseball Draft Kit: Player Values by Position
20 days ago
Jeff Erickson ranks the players at each position for the 2021 RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide.
The Z Files: Starting Pitchers -- A Tierful Experience
98 days ago
Todd Zola offers an alternative to a standard tiered approach to drafting, intended to help determine whether rostering an aging ace like Max Scherzer is right for your squad.
Super Early Top 400 for 2021
141 days ago
James Anderson releases his super early top 400 redraft rankings, which features a trio of Atlanta hitters in the top 20.
DraftKings MLB: Tuesday Breakdown
162 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin breaks down Tuesday’s 11-game DraftKings slate, providing his picks for assembling a winning lineup.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
After three lights-out starts at Triple-A, Canning, the Angels' top pitching prospect, was summoned to the majors in April to bolster a banged-up rotation. He offered immediate aid, posting a 3.06 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 34:9 K:BB across his first six starts. Canning actually did a better job of keeping the ball in the yard thereafter (1.2 HR/9), but a correction in his BABIP and strand rate plus a slight uptick in walks saddled him with a 5.43 ERA over his final 12 turns before he was shelved with elbow inflammation. All in all, it was a promising debut season for Canning, who established himself as a mainstay in the rotation moving forward. Canning's lack of a dominant offering in his four-pitch arsenal probably hinder his chances of emerging as a bona fide ace down the road, but at just 23 years old, there's certainly time for him to improve his skills and change that narrative.
Canning was one of the great in-season helium prospects early on in 2018, but some of that air was let out of the balloon after he advanced to Triple-A. After Canning posted a minuscule 1.97 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 10 starts for Double-A Mobile, he struggled to a 5.49 ERA and 1.53 WHIP with Salt Lake (13 starts). Part of it was just the change in park factors going from the Southern League to the Pacific Coast League -- his HR/FB more than doubled with the jump in levels. However, Canning also lost something from his K-rate (from 27.2% to 24.5%) and the explosion in his opponents' BABIP (from .229 to .376) wasn't all luck and park related as his line-drive rate jumped from 18.3% all the way to 26%. Canning doesn't have any one standout offering, but he has a decent four-pitch mix (fastball, slider, curveball change) and fringe-average command. The Angels will need arms this season, and Canning appears a likely candidate to start at some point.
More Fantasy News
Fans 10 in victory
PLos Angeles Angels
September 22, 2020
Canning (2-3) earned the win over San Diego on Tuesday, pitching six innings and allowing one run on two hits and five walks while striking out 10.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Solid in win
PLos Angeles Angels
September 17, 2020
Canning (1-3) threw five innings Thursday, allowing one run on six hits while walking two and striking out seven during the Angels' 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Navigates Coors Field well
PLos Angeles Angels
September 11, 2020
Canning allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Rockies on Friday. He struck out five.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Still looking for first win
PLos Angeles Angels
September 6, 2020
Canning didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks over four innings in a 10-9 win. He struck out four.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Excellent in no-decision
PLos Angeles Angels
August 30, 2020
Canning gave up a run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven across eight innings in a no-decision versus the Mariners on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.