Civale was unhittable as a Cape Cod League reliever in 2015, then starred as a Northeastern starter the next spring and pitched his way into the third round, making him the second-highest-drafted hurler in Huskies history behind only 2006 first-rounder Adam Ottavino. In his first full pro season, he ranked third in the Minors in K/BB ratio (10.1) and walk rate (0.8 per nine innings). He continued to throw four pitches for strikes in 2018, overcoming a lat strain to hold his own in Double-A.
Civale's lone plus pitch is a cutter/slider that he throws at 85-88 mph. His four-seam fastball has fringy low-90s velocity but is effective because it has a high spin rate and he commands it exceptionally well. While neither his curveball nor changeup stands out for its quality, he does a nice job of sequencing them with his cutter and fastball.
Though he's following Shane Bieber's path and has the best command in the system, it's uncertain whether Civale can start in the Majors. His strikeout rate has declined as he has risen through the Minors, leading to questions as to whether he'll miss enough bats as a big league starter. He could find more success as a multi-inning reliever who focuses on cutters and well-placed fastballs.
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Cleveland Indians recalled RHP Aaron Civale from Columbus Clippers.
Columbus Clippers activated RHP Aaron Civale from the 7-day injured list.
Columbus Clippers placed RHP Aaron Civale on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 8, 2019. Right shoulder tightness.
Cleveland Indians optioned RHP Aaron Civale to Columbus Clippers.
Cleveland Indians selected the contract of Aaron Civale from Columbus Clippers.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from Akron RubberDucks.
Akron RubberDucks activated RHP Aaron Civale from the 7-day injured list.
Akron RubberDucks placed RHP Aaron Civale on the 7-day disabled list. Right lat strain.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lynchburg Hillcats.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
RHP Aaron Civale assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
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