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From David Laurila:
Aaron Civale doesn’t feature many four-seam fastballs. The Cleveland Indians right-hander threw the pitch just 3.2% of the time in his rookie season. And while upping that usage in 2020 isn’t necessarily a goal, having a higher-quality four-seamer is. Cognizant of the fact that he’s ”always been able to spin a baseball, but not really backspin a baseball,” Civale has been working out at Cressey Sports Performance in hopes of changing that dynamic.
As for his primary fastball, the 24-year-old Northeastern University product doesn’t throw a traditional two-seamer. He described the grip as “a little bit offset, creating almost one-seam spin; I spin at a different axis to create more of a lateral movement, versus just depth. The better I spin it —I do spin the ball well — the more it moves in the direction I want it to.”
Here’s a reasonable idea from a national MLB writer ...
If LAD can't keep Joc (seems possible) and if LAA are out, then teams who could badly use a good-hitting COF include:— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) February 10, 2020
2) CLE a billion more times
3) Uh, TEX, move Gallo to CF?
4) CHW b/c Mazara's not a blocker
5) COL, obv
6) STL/CHC maybe
7) Still CLE though