The Angels may have been the recipients of good fortune when Canning, the ace of UCLA's staff in 2017, slipped out of first-round conversations leading into the Draft. They were able to get the right-hander in the second round and then, after not having him pitch that first summer as a precaution, streak all the way up to Triple-A in his first full season of pro ball.
While size and a lack of premium stuff might limit Canning's ceiling a bit, his combination of athleticism, solid stuff and feel for pitching gives him a higher floor than many pitching prospects. He has a four-pitch mix with the chance of having all four being at least Major League average. He's added a couple of ticks on his fastball and averaged just over 94 mph with his heater in 2018. His secondary stuff has improved as well. Both of his distinct breaking balls have the chance of eventually being plus pitches, with some liking the curve a bit more than the slider at present. Canning throws his changeup with very good deception and he's shown the ability to set up hitters well and throw all four of his pitches for strikes thanks to a very repeatable delivery.
At times in 2018, Canning was guilty of overthrowing, especially when he got to Triple-A, which led to some command issues both in and out of the strike zone. No one expects that to be a long-term concern and Canning's ability to learn and make adjustments should have him ready to impact a big league staff as a mid-rotation starter soon.
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Los Angeles Angels activated RHP Griffin Canning from the 10-day injured list.
Los Angeles Angels placed RHP Griffin Canning on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 1, 2019. Right elbow inflammation.
Los Angeles Angels selected the contract of RHP Griffin Canning from Salt Lake Bees.
Los Angeles Angels invited non-roster RHP Griffin Canning to spring training.
RHP Griffin Canning assigned to Salt Lake Bees from Mobile BayBears.
RHP Griffin Canning assigned to Mobile BayBears from Inland Empire 66ers.
RHP Griffin Canning assigned to Inland Empire 66ers from AZL Angels.
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