Griffin Canning
Griffin Canning
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Angels
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Ineffective versus Rangers
PLos Angeles Angels
August 7, 2020
Canning (0-2) took the loss Friday versus the Rangers, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits and six walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings.
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Canning didn't make things easier on himself, as his throwing error led to the Rangers' tying run being scored. Reliever Mike Mayers then hit Nick Solak with a pitch while the bases were loaded, allowing an inherited runner to score, which stuck Canning with the loss. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 3.14 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 14.1 innings this season. He'll hope to demonstrate better control at home against the Athletics on Wednesday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
85
Last 5 Games
85
How many pitches does Griffin Canning generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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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 2018
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-62%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .196 209 52 24 35 6 2 8
Since 2018vs Right .271 239 60 16 58 14 2 7
2020vs Left .118 21 7 4 2 2 0 0
2020vs Right .314 43 9 6 11 1 0 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.86 1.20 60.2 4 2 0 9.0 3.0 0.9
Since 2018Away 5.11 1.36 44.0 1 6 0 10.4 4.1 1.8
2020Home 1.50 1.33 6.0 0 0 0 7.5 3.0 0.0
2020Away 4.32 1.80 8.1 0 2 0 11.9 8.6 1.1
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
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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
1.60
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
6.3
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
3.14
 
WHIP
1.60
 
BABIP
.329
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
69.4%
 
Exit Velocity
85.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.3%
 
Spin Rate
2327 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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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.
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Strong outing versus Astros
PLos Angeles Angels
August 1, 2020
Canning allowed one run on six hits and two walks over six innings during Saturday's extra-inning win over the Astros, He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.
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Mixed bag in loss
PLos Angeles Angels
July 27, 2020
Canning (0-1) gave up three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in 4.2 innings Monday against the Athletics.
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Dominant in exhibition start
PLos Angeles Angels
July 21, 2020
Canning took the win in Monday's exhibition game against San Diego, completing six scoreless innings and allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five.
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Looks good in intrasquad game
PLos Angeles Angels
July 15, 2020
Canning (elbow) struck out eight hitters in five innings during an intrasquad game Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Elbow feels 'normal'
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 5, 2020
Canning said his right elbow "feels like normal" and has built up to 60 pitches, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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