Breaking down what LA Angels prospects you could see in Anaheim in 2019
By David Rice
Griffin Canning –
Starting pitcher Griffin Canning was drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2017 and he came in highly regarded as he had great success in his college career. In three seasons with the Bruins Canning went 19-13 with a 2.99 ERA striking out 301batters in 291.1 innings of work and a 1.08 WHIP and a 9.28 strikeouts per 9 inning rate.
The Angels smartly allowed Canning to take the rest of the season off in 2017 after drafting him in order to rest his arm and not overwork him. In 2018 Canning started out in High Single-A for the Inland Empire 66’ers and was only there for two starts going 8.2 innings allowing no runs striking out 12 batters while only walking three batters.
From there Canning was whisked off to Double-A Mobile and his success continued there as well. Canning made 10 starts for the Mobile Bay Bears with a 1-0 record and a 1.97 ERA. Canning struck out 49 batters in 45.2 innings and had a 1.01 WHIP. Canning was also a part of a combined no-hitter while in Mobile as well.
Then Canning continued his quick ascent as he was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake City at mid-season and there he finally plateaued going 3-3 but posting a 5.49 ERA in 59 innings, but he still managed to strike out 64 batters. Canning will most likely start the 2019 season in Triple-A, but if he can show a mastery level in Salt Lake City he could be called up to Anaheim by June.
There is an outside chance that Canning could make the roster out of Spring Training but that is highly unlikely.