Full name AARON JAMES CIVALE...Attended Loomis Chaffee High School (Windsor, CT) and Northeastern University (Boston, MA)... After pitching in relief his first two years at Northeastern, he went 9-3 with a 1.73 ERA (114.1IP, 91H, 22ER, 22BB, 121SO) in 15 starts as a junior and ranked among the top 15 Division I pitchers in innings (2nd), strikeouts (7th) and ERA (13th)... After the season he was named a 2016 Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American and CAA Co-Pitcher of the Year...As a sophomore was 7-2 with a 3.24 ERA and was named All-CAA Third Team and CAA All-Academic Team...Attended Northeastern because it had the best combination of mechanical engineering and baseball for him. Enjoys cooking, video and board games...Resides just outside Boston in Braintree, MA, home of the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum & The USS Salem.
Averaged over 6.0 innings per start and was a reliable member of the rotation in his first "full" Major League season...Made every turn in the rotation and finished third in the AL with 74.0 IP but also yielded the most hits (82) in the league... His 11 starts working at least 6.0 IP was tied for first in MLB with Cubs' Yu Darvish and Texas' Lance Lynn...His seven quality starts were tied for seventh in the league...Tossed his first career complete game, the only by a Cleveland starter in 2020, on August 19 at Pittsburgh (9.0IP, 5H, 1R/ER, 0BB, 6SO)... Marked 2nd CLE pitcher to throw a CG in their first 15 career starts since 2010 and first since Cody Anderson worked 8.0 IP in his 3rd career start on July 4, 2015 (Tribe lost, 1-0)...the quickest MLB pitcher to record a complete game since PHI's Ben Lively threw 8.0IP in 12th GS on Sept. 10, 2017, against Washington...Civale has never lost in his career (6-0 across 8 GS) when he has received three-or-more runs of support in an outing...Has gone 1-10 in 14 GS of two-or-fewer runs of support in his career and was 0-6 in games of two-or-fewer runs of support in 2020 (club scored 5 runs in his 6 losses)...Started year with three consecutive QS's...Civale (fanned 9 in each GS) & Shane Bieber (14 K in 1st GS, 13 K in 2nd GS) became just 2nd starting pitcher duo in Cleveland history to each strike out at least nine batters in each of their first two respective starts to begin a season, joining Sam McDowell (3 GS) & Luis Tiant (2 GS) in 1966...Allowed a career-high 10 hits, 8 R/ER and three homers in final start on Sept. 26 vs. PIT…Over his last four starts, he was 1-2 w/a 7.36 ERA (22.0IP, 32H, 18R/ER)...Was on the AL Wild Card Series roster vs. New York-AL, but did not pitch...Had a 6.09 ERA at home; 3.60 ERA on the road...RHH batters hit .333 (48-for-144) w/8HR and a .941 OPS allowed...Batters hit .301 (37-for-123) with runners on and .333 (21-for-63) with RISP...
Entered the 2019 season ranked as the 19th-best prospect in the Indians system according to MLB.com, Aaron concluded the season as one of the most consistent starters on the staff, recording a 2.34 ERA over 10 mostly impressive starts after entering the spring injured and starting the campaign at AA Akron...Recorded the lowest ERA (1.82) for any pitcher that made his first 9 career starts with the Indians (11ER/54.1IP) and was just the fifth MLB pitcher since 1908, and the first since 1910, to work at least 5.0 innings and allow 2-or-fewer earned runs in each of his first 9 appearances, joining Pittsburgh's Harley Young (1908), Detroit's Ed Summers (1908), Boston's Cliff Curtis (1909) and Chicago-NL's King Cole (1909-10)...The previous franchise low for ERA over their first nine starts was held by MikeGarcia (2.07 in 1949)...in his final and tenth start Sept. 26 at Chicago-AL, he allowed 4 runs in 3.1 IP, taking the loss in the 8-0 White Sox win..Civale spent most of the first four months of the season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, going 7-1 with a 2.35 ERA (19ER/72.2IP) with 15 walks and 70 strikeouts over 13 starts...Started the year on the IL recovering from an August 2018 right lat strain that set back his 2019 preparation...Was also on the IL at Columbus, July 8-19, with right shoulder tightness...Season debut came on May 11 at Reading...Went 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA (9ER/30.1IP) with six walks and 24 strikeouts over 5 starts for Akron, including striking out a career-high tying 10 and allowing just one run on five hits with no walks over 6.0 innings at Erie in his final Double-A start on June 2...Promoted to Columbus on June 6 and made his first start for the Clippers on June 8 vs. Norfolk, limiting the Tides to two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings...Went 3-1 in 8 starts with the Clippers, carrying a 2.13 ERA (10ER/42.1IP), nine walks and 46 strikeouts...Elevated to theMajor League level for the first time tomake hisMLB debut on June 22 vs. Detroit, working 6.0 scoreless innings (2H, 3BB, 6SO) in notching his first win, a 2-0 win over the Tigers... Start was necessitated by Mike Clevinger going back on the IL with an ankle injury precipitated by the absences of Kluber and Carrasco... Became the first Indians pitcher to earn the win in his Major League debut since Danny Salazar did so on July 11, 2013 vs. Toronto (and the first in a scoreless debut of least 6.0IP since 2015)...Optioned back to Columbus on June 24...Made six starts with Columbus, June 27-July 30, around his 12 days stint on the IL, going 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA (6ER/31.2IP)...Recalled for the second and final time on August 5 to make second start that night vs. Texas (6.0IP, 3H, 1R/ER)... Civale became just the fifth Cleveland pitcher since 1908 to record six-or-more strikeouts in each of his first two career starts, joining Bieber (2018), Salazar (2013), Luis Tiant (1964) and Herb Score (1955)...In his third start at Minnesota on Aug. 11 (6.0IP, 4H, 1R/ER), became just the third Indians pitcher since 1908 to allow four-or-fewer hits in each of his first three starts (no relief appearances), joining Josh Tomlin (2010) and Clarence Garrett (1915)...Right-handed hitters hit just .203 (25-for-123) off him, including an OPS allowed of just .602...Overall OPS allowed on the year was .638...Batters hit just .209 (14-for-67) off him with runners on base and .211 (8-for-38) with RISP... Entering the 2019 season, Aaron was voted as having the "best control" in the Indians organization (Baseball America).
Limited to 21 starts due to three DL stints: 5/6-6/8 (right shoulder strain), 8/8-17 (blister) and 8/29-on (right back/lat strain)…Voted Best Slider in Indians Farm System entering 2018 by Baseball America.
Led organization with 13 wins, divided between Lake County (2) and Lynchburg (11)...Ranked 2nd among all Indians minor leaguers with 164.2 innings pitched.