Griffin Canning
Griffin Canning
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Angels
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 7/27/2020
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
Continues facing hitters
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
July 3, 2020
Canning (elbow) is throwing live batting practice Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
The 24-year-old began facing batters in May and continues to ramp up toward the start of the season in late July. Canning was shut down with the elbow issues in early March and received a series a biological injections, but he's been progressing nicely in his recovery and manager Joe Maddon recent said that he was "very" hopeful the right-hander would be healthy by Opening Day. Regardless of his short-term availability, the "chronic changes" to his UCL illustrated in late February's MRI could be a problem down the road.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
86
Last 10 Games
81
Last 5 Games
80
How many pitches does Griffin Canning generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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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 2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .204 188 45 20 33 4 2 8
Since 2017vs Right .263 196 51 10 47 13 2 6
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
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
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.12 1.19 54.2 4 2 0 9.2 3.0 1.0
Since 2017Away 5.30 1.26 35.2 1 4 0 10.1 3.0 2.0
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
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 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
3.20
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.9 mph
 
ERA
4.58
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.294
 
GB/FB
0.99
 
Left On Base
70.8%
 
Exit Velocity
87.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.1%
 
Spin Rate
2283 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.5%
 
Swinging Strike
13.9%
 
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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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Could be ready for Opening Day
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
June 24, 2020
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he's "very" hopeful that Canning (elbow) will be ready for Opening Day, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Facing hitters regularly
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 31, 2020
Canning (elbow) recently resumed throwing live batting practice and has advanced to the 55-pitch mark in those sessions, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Continues to progress
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 13, 2020
Canning (elbow) has been "ramping up intensity and volume," Jeff Fletcher of The Orange Country Register reports.
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Throwing off mound again
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 5, 2020
Canning (elbow) has been cleared to start throwing bullpen sessions, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Extends throwing distance
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 17, 2020
Canning (elbow) is throwing from 120 to 150 feet at about 70 to 80 percent intensity, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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