With the 2017 Draft fast approaching (June 12-14 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class.Name: Griffin CanningPosition: RHPSchool: UCLARank on Draft Top 200: 17DOB: 05/11/1996Bats:R Throws: RHeight: 6'1" Weight: 170 lbs.:: 2017 MLB Draft coverage ::Tools
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With the 2017 Draft fast approaching (June 12-14 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class.
Name: Griffin Canning
Rank on Draft Top 200: 17
Bats:R Throws: R
Height: 6'1" Weight: 170 lbs.
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UCLA has produced some talented pitchers -- Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and James Kaprielian -- in recent Drafts and Canning is no different. The right-hander has a good feel for four pitches, including a fastball that sits in the low-90s. Canning's curveball and slider both have the potential to be Major League average, while his changeup is his best pitch. Canning has shown durability, pitching more than 100 innings in each of the past two seasons, but he did miss time in 2015 with a stress fracture in his back.
MLB comp: Mike Leake
Fun fact: When he isn't pitching, Canning likes photography and also enjoys exploring nature, relishing surfing and hiking.
He said it: "I've watched videos of (Orel Hershiser) and I've heard stories about him, the competitiveness and his nickname was 'The Bulldog,' so I definitely molded myself after his competitiveness." - LA Times
They said it: "He's a pitch maker and he's a tougher matchup just because he mixes [his pitches] so well. There's not really something you can sit on. He's a guy who can throw any pitch in any count and his stuff has really jumped this year. His fastball is harder, his curveball is harder, his changeup is better and his slider is harder."
-- UCLA coach John Savage, LA Times
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