Griffin Canning
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Solid in loss
PLos Angeles Angels
May 25, 2019
Canning (2-1) limited the Rangers to one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a no-decision Friday.
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Coming off the best start of his career, Canning pieced together another strong performance, holding the Rangers to one run in the form of a homer to Shin-Soo Choo to lead off the contest. Although Canning left the game with a two-run lead, the Angels' bullpen came up short and could not complete the win. Canning's efficiency could use some work, as it took him 95 pitches to make it through five innings. Even still, the 23-year-old should hold down a spot in the rotation. He'll carry a 3.42 ERA and 1.06 WHIP into a Wednesday matchup in Oakland.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-44%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-44%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .140 57 18 7 7 0 0 4
Since 2017vs Right .250 51 11 2 12 3 1 1
2019vs Left .140 57 18 7 7 0 0 4
2019vs Right .250 51 11 2 12 3 1 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.20 0.86 16.1 1 0 0 8.8 2.2 1.1
Since 2017Away 5.40 1.40 10.0 1 1 0 11.7 4.5 2.7
2019Home 2.20 0.86 16.1 1 0 0 8.8 2.2 1.1
2019Away 5.40 1.40 10.0 1 1 0 11.7 4.5 2.7
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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 this season's data (min 40 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
3.22
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
3.42
 
WHIP
1.06
 
BABIP
.236
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
85.7%
 
Exit Velocity
85.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.5%
 
Spin Rate
2314 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.1%
 
Swinging Strike
16.4%
 
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Blanks Royals for second win
PLos Angeles Angels
May 19, 2019
Canning (2-1) picked up the win in Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Royals, scattering three hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings while striking out five.
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Yields three homers in loss
PLos Angeles Angels
May 12, 2019
Canning (1-1) allowed four runs on five hits with six strikeouts and four walks across 4.2 innings Sunday to take the loss against the Orioles.
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Notches first career win
PLos Angeles Angels
May 8, 2019
Canning (1-0) earned the win Tuesday against the Tigers by allowing two runs on four hits across 5.1 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
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Set for another start next week
PLos Angeles Angels
May 1, 2019
Canning will remain in the majors for at least one more start, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Fans six in debut
PLos Angeles Angels
April 30, 2019
Canning didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over 4.1 innings while striking out six.
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