Thrown rarely and almost exclusively against left-handers, Civale’s changeup nonetheless proved a reliable swing-and-miss offering in 2019. With some arm-side run, Civale could rely further on the pitch with improved command.
With the change, Civale utilizes his sharp-breaking curve on rare occasions against lefties. When Civale can pinpoint location just under the floor of the zone, the curve is Civale’s most reliable put away pitch (34.1 whiff%).
Civale’s sinker reaches 95 mph with arm side fade. By far his most-used pitch, Civale will play the sinker off his cutter early in counts.
Civale’s cutter can really move, allowing him to take an egalitarian approach to its usage. Batters can get the cutter airborne, leading to a higher SLG than Civale and the Indians would prefer.
A tight slider moves sharply along a horizontal plane, away from right-handed hitters. Civale threw just 13 sliders to lefties, but it was his most effective offering to same-handed hitters.