2022 Player Outlook
Civale debuted in 2019 and over 10 starts, flaunted tremendous skills, including a four-pitch arsenal most young hurlers don't possess. Like many pitchers, he took a step backwards during the truncated 2020 season, but after a winter spent re-tooling mechanics and adding a four-seam fastball and split-change to an already sound repertoire, expectations ran high for Civale in 2021. He did not disappoint as he went 10-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over his first 15 starts, but suffered a finger sprain on his throwing hand in mid-June and was sidelined until September. The final month did not go as well for the 26-year-old righty as he went 2-3 with a 5.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. The poor close to the season can be partially blamed on the injury, but Civale also needs to make some new adjustments to his pitch-mix in response to hitters making their own adjustments and finding ways to tee off on his fastball. He tends to fly under the radar in most drafts so a heavy investment isn't necessary, but should he open the 2022 season as he did last year, he'll be a hot commodity.