John Gant
John Gant
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gant and Austin Gomber are two of the names fighting at the back end of the rotation in St. Louis; Gant is the one with more upside. He has the better fastball and a (vulcan) changeup, but had more difficulty with control between the two of them. Gant made a spot start in May, but once he came up for good in the rotation in late June, he went 6-4 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 16 starts. The ERA was low for a WHIP in that range, and the 5.5 K-BB% as well as the 4.43 FIP back up the risks of considering last year's numbers his current baseline. The stuff is there for Gant to possibly take another step forward, but his control issues need to be resolved in order for that to happen. If you're wondering how much his odd windup impacts his control, understand his walk rate worsens when he is pitching from the stretch and not using it. Read Past Outlooks
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Nabs first save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 2, 2019
Gant grabbed his first save in an extra-innings win over the Pirates on Monday, allowing just a walk over a scoreless 11th inning.
Closer Jordan Hicks had worked the prior two innings and alternate option Andrew Miller had been utilized earlier in the day as well. That left Gant as the next man up in the 11th, and he was able to shut down the Pirates on 12 pitches after St. Louis had taken the lead on a passed ball in the visitors' half of the frame. Gant is likely to see most of his work in the middle innings this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .206 300 56 45 52 8 2 10
Since 2017vs Right .213 313 62 29 59 14 1 4
2019vs Left .077 18 4 5 1 0 0 1
2019vs Right .067 32 8 2 2 0 0 0
2018vs Left .208 249 47 34 44 8 2 6
2018vs Right .224 238 48 23 47 12 0 3
2017vs Left .259 33 5 6 7 0 0 3
2017vs Right .270 43 6 4 10 2 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 3.42 1.22 76.1 5 6 0 7.3 4.2 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.21 1.31 70.0 5 1 1 7.2 4.9 0.8
2019Home 1.08 0.48 8.1 0 0 0 7.6 2.2 1.1
2019Away 0.00 0.90 6.2 3 0 1 6.8 6.8 0.0
2018Home 3.60 1.28 60.0 5 5 0 7.4 4.7 0.9
2018Away 3.33 1.31 54.0 2 1 0 7.7 4.3 0.5
2017Home 4.50 1.50 8.0 0 1 0 6.8 3.4 1.1
2017Away 4.82 1.61 9.1 0 0 0 4.8 6.8 2.9
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How does John Gant compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Traded to the Cardinals in December 2016, Gant was opening eyes for his new club with a strong early showing in the Grapefruit League. However, a strained groin in mid-March dashed his slim hopes of heading north, instead landing him on the disabled list. Upon being activated in mid-July, Gant was optioned to Triple-A Memphis, and he went on to post a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 18 starts before being called up in late August. Gant toiled in the Cardinals' bullpen before starting a couple games to close the season. In 17.1 frames, he walked 10 with only 11 strikeouts -- not a good omen heading into 2018. St. Louis' rotation is set, so expect Gant to battle for a bullpen role, working mostly in mop-up duty.
A strong spring training performance landed Gant on the Braves' 2016 Opening Day roster, but he was quickly demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett after surrendering four runs in his first two big league innings. The young righty was a serviceable starter in Triple-A, posting 3.14 ERA and 48:13 K:BB over 43 innings. In early June, an injury to Williams Perez opened the door for Gant to join the big league rotation and he responded well with a 3.38 ERA and 17:6 K:BB over 18.2 innings in four starts. An oblique injury caused him to miss nearly two months and he was placed in a bullpen role for the last couple weeks of the season. Now that he's been traded the Cardinals, a team with far more talent in the rotation, Gant will likely remain in the bullpen, and he's not even assured of a spot there.
An unheralded 21st-round pick out of high school in 2011, Gant was acquired by the Braves last summer via trade. At 6-foot-5, he has an unusual delivery, which has seemingly made it difficult for opposing hitters to square up his offerings. Upon being acquired by Atlanta, Gant pitched well at Double-A Mississippi, finishing with a 43:14 K:BB over 40.2 innings (seven starts). At age 23, he may end up back in the minors even if the Braves give him the ball as their fifth starter to begin the season, but he appears to be near the top of the list to step into the rotation with Mike Foltynewicz returning from injury, and Manny Banuelos slowed by elbow soreness again this spring.
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Picks up win in relief
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 29, 2019
Gant (1-0) walked one and struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings to record the win in Friday's 9-5 victory over the Brewers.
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Moving to bullpen
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 21, 2019
Gant will open the season in a "hybrid" bullpen role, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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To make team as starter or reliever
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 20, 2019
Gant will make the Opening Day roster, though his role is still undecided, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
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Keeps rolling in latest start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 18, 2019
Gant allowed an earned run on four hits in a 4-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins on Sunday. He struck out one and lowered his spring ERA to 3.46 across 13.0 innings.
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Impressive in intrasquad game
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 14, 2019
Gant fired two strong innings in an intrasquad game Thursday morning, Glenn Sattell of reports.
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