John Gant

Age 27 RP
  • Born 08/06/1992
  • Bats R
  • Team: St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Statistics
W-L
10-1
IP
63.1
ERA
3.66
WHIP
1.31
K
59
K%
23.0
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2018
2019
Changeup
23.1% Thrown 83.0 MPH 32.4 CSW%
Curveball
10.2% Thrown 77.1 MPH 40.4 CSW%
Four-Seamer
56.6% Thrown 95.8 MPH 26.2 CSW%
Slider
10.2% Thrown 90.1 MPH 25.7 CSW%

Gant’s changeup was a stellar swing-and-miss pitch, garnering a whopping 24.5% swinging-strike rate (45.2% whiffs). At just over 83 mph, it showed superb differential off his fastball, which sat at just under 96 mph. It held opposing batters to a .313 xwOBA. In addition, a 34.3% zone rate and 41.6% chase rate produced a borderline Money Pitch and one of 2019’s best changeups.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Gant’s fourth pitch, the curveball showed above-average vertical movement, but wasn’t much of a swing-and-miss pitch, as it held just a 5.3% swinging-strike rate. It had an excellent 40% zone rate, but wasn’t good at coaxing swings out of the zone with just a 20.9% chase rate.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Gant increased the usage of his four-seamer from 16.8% to 24% while also cutting back on his sinker usage from 38.6% to 31.9%. The four-seamer averaged just under 96 mph and topped out at 99. It returned a respectable 12.9% swinging-strike rate while limiting hitters to just a .243 xwOBA.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Gant increased his slider usage from 5.1% to 11.2%. It showed slightly above-average horizontal and vertical movement, and returned a very good 15% swinging-strike rate and 40% zone rate. It induced a more modest 25% chase rate. Hitters struggled immensely against the cutter last year, amassing just a .208 wOBA and .179 batting average.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore
2018
2019
Two-Seamer
40.3% Thrown 93.2 MPH
Changeup
27.6% Thrown 81.5 MPH
Four-Seamer
15.1% Thrown 93.2 MPH
Curveball
12.0% Thrown 76.1 MPH
Slider
5.1% Thrown 83.4 MPH

Gant’s fastball was electric last season, posting a pVal of 13.5 which would have been thirteenth in the majors among qualified pitchers. He took over two inches of vertical and horizontal movement off the pitch, which allowed him to find all parts of the zone more often. It held hitters to a .211 BAA with a .240 BABIP.

Gant took some movement off of his changeup last season, though unlike his fastball he posted a -1.2 pVal with the pitch. He got hitters to strike out on the pitch often, but he found the zone with the pitch less than 37% of the time. When they did make contact, hitters put up a meager .208 average. It is a good, but not great complement to his fastball.

Gant’s fastball was electric last season, posting a pVal of 13.5 which would have been thirteenth in the majors among qualified pitchers. He took over two inches of vertical and horizontal movement off the pitch, which allowed him to find all parts of the zone more often. It held hitters to a .211 BAA with a .240 BABIP.

The curve was his primary breaking pitch, but it was ineffective. When he did throw it, batters hit .294/.368/.529 with a .296 BABIP. He allowed more fly balls and liners than grounders, and hitters made more contact in the zone than out of it. He will need to take big strides with this pitch for it to be effective.

Gant threw a slider for the first time in 2018, and the results weren’t bad. It doesn’t have a ton of movement, but hitters made weak contact on it with a .214 BAA. Only problem was, they posted a .421 OBP thanks to a 34.4% zone rate. If he can locate this pitch more effectively, it could be a big weapon for him in 2019.

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