Griffin Canning
Griffin Canning
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Angels
7-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 8/4/2021
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
RANKSFrom Preseason
#322
ADP
$Signed a contract with the Angels in June of 2017.
Placed on injured list
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
Back
July 15, 2021
Canning was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list with a lower back strain Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Canning allowed six runs in two innings during his most recent minor-league start, but his injury may have contributed to his struggles. The severity of the injury isn't known, and it's not yet clear how long the right-hander could be sidelined.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
77
Last 10 Games
82
Last 5 Games
78
How many pitches does Griffin Canning generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Griffin Canning generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .225 421 95 49 82 16 2 16
Since 2019vs Right .270 478 119 32 117 24 6 20
2021vs Left .252 125 23 18 27 6 0 4
2021vs Right .273 152 39 10 38 6 2 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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.70 1.31 115.0 9 5 0 8.5 3.1 1.5
Since 2019Away 4.77 1.37 94.1 3 8 0 10.1 3.9 1.6
2021Home 6.59 1.64 28.2 4 2 0 7.8 4.7 2.2
2021Away 4.76 1.35 34.0 1 2 0 9.8 3.4 1.9
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
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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 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
2.21
 
K/9
8.9
 
BB/9
4.0
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
93.6 mph
 
ERA
5.60
 
WHIP
1.48
 
BABIP
.308
 
GB/FB
0.92
 
Left On Base
70.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.8%
 
Spin Rate
2273 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.4%
 
Swinging Strike
14.1%
 
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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
Sent down after rough start
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 3, 2021
Canning was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.
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Chased in third inning
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 2, 2021
Canning allowed six runs on six hits and two walks over 2.2 innings in Friday's win over Baltimore. He did not factor in the decision.
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Thursday's start postponed
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 1, 2021
Canning won't start Thursday against the Yankees after the game was postponed due to inclement weather.
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Yields three runs in no-decision
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 25, 2021
Canning allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings in Friday's loss to the Rays. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision.
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Settles for no-decision Wednesday
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 16, 2021
Canning didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the A's, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out two.
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