Griffin Canning – RHP – UCLA
Our own Call to the Pen’s recent mock draft has the San Francisco Giants taking UCLA right-handed pitcher Griffin Canning with the 19th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
The two other mock drafts we’ll look at in this article have Canning going to the New York Mets at 20. So it sounds like there is a consensus that Canning will go around this point in the draft.
He was originally drafted in the 38th round of the 2014 draft by the Colorado Rockies. He obviously declined that opportunity and went on to play for UCLA.
In his junior year this season he is 7-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 111.1 innings pitched with 134 strikeouts and 30 walks.
Those are really impressive numbers pitching in the baseball rich Pac 12.
In 2016 he had a 3.70 ERA in 109.1 innings with 95 strikeouts. He’s had four complete games in each of the last two season.
Canning and UCLA are not finished in 2017 as they were named the three seed in the Long Beach Regional in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
He will likely pitch game one in the regional against Texas on Friday. San Francisco Giants fans should tune in to see their potential first round pick pitch.
I think Canning would be a fine pick in the first round. He has a fastball that sits in the mid-to-low 90s, and he also features a curveball, slider and change-up.
He could become a solid, middle of the rotation pitcher for the Giants fairly quickly.