Canning in 2019
|Los Angeles Angels – No. 47|
|Born: May 11, 1996|
Mission Viejo, California
|April 30, 2019, for the Los Angeles Angels|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Earned run average||4.58|
Griffin Alexander Canning (born May 11, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Canning attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. He played for the school's baseball team as a pitcher. As a senior, he had an 11–3 win–loss record with a 1.51 earned run average (ERA) and 123 strikeouts, and was named the Orange County Register Pitcher of the Year. In his final game, he led Santa Margarita to victory in the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation SS Division I Championship, recording 11 strikeouts and allowing only two hits. Canning was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and played college baseball at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for the Bruins.
Canning made 15 appearances with 11 starts as a freshman at UCLA in 2015. He was 7–1 with a 2.97 ERA and 66 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he became UCLA's number one starter. He made 15 starts, going 5–8 with a 3.70 ERA and 95 strikeouts. Canning returned as UCLA's ace in 2017. In 17 starts, he went 7–4 with a 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts.
The Los Angeles Angels selected Canning with the 47th pick in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft. He signed with the Angels for a $1,459,200 signing bonus, but did not pitch in 2017. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class A-Advanced California League, and after pitching 8.2 scoreless innings, he was promoted to the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League. He was promoted to the Salt Lake Bees of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in June. In 25 starts between the three teams, Canning went 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
Canning returned to Salt Lake to begin the 2019 season. On April 30, 2019, the Angels promoted Canning to the major leagues and he made his debut that night, against the Toronto Blue Jays, recording six strikeouts over 4 1⁄3 innings pitched. After multiple trips to the IL with elbow inflammation, the Angels announced on August 22, 2019 that they would shut down Canning for the rest of the season, cutting his rookie season short. He went 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA and 96 strikeouts. 
Canning grew up an Angels fan.
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