If there is one thing fantasy baseball owners already have learned from the spring injuries to Mike Clevinger and Luis Severino, it is how much of a need there will for a deep dive into the starting pitcher pool if they want to be successful this season.
It happens every year, but having two such high-profile players already go down hammers home the point even more. The depth of the position is vast, and you should have no problem finding arms at the array of tiers within the pitching rankings, but scooping up the right late-round gems can get you off to the start you need to win your league.
With the loss of Clevinger and day-to-day concerns over Carlos Carrasco’s hip, taking a longer look at Indians starter Aaron Civale could be a great way to go. His current average draft position of 249.89 puts him as a 20th-round pick in 12-team leagues, so the cost is already minimal.
Though not a big strikeout guy, Civale’s strength is in his command, particularly of his secondary offerings — something few young hurlers are able to exhibit during the early stages of their career.
Civale does a great job of mixing in his breaking stuff and finishes off most hitters with a…