Aaron Civale Needs to Prove His 2019 Indians Debut Was No Fluke

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Baseball Savant’s scouting report on starting pitcher Aaron Civale is quite an interesting read. This is especially true when adding the context of his 2019 Cleveland Indians debut.

The outlet has high praise for Civale’s command and fastball spin rate, while also complimenting his cutter. While not quite sold on his curveball or changeup, his ability to sequence these pitches with his cutter and fastball receives high marks.

However, the key quote is this – “it’s uncertain whether Civale can start in the Majors.” Noting the fluctuations his strikeout rate experienced through the minors, the report questions whether Civale can create enough whiffs for Cleveland.

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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