Luis Cessa
Luis Cessa
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cessa once again filled a swingman role for the Yankees last season, making five starts and 11 relief appearances. The results on the field were his worst yet, with Cessa posting a 5.24 ERA over 44.2 innings, but his peripherals were his best yet with the estimators suggesting he was close to a run-and-a-half better than that ERA would suggest. Cessa posted a career-best 20% strikeout rate and shaved nearly four percentage points from his walk rate (6.7%). He also cut his home-run rate from 1.75 HR/9 to 1.01. The right-hander throws his fastball in the mid-90s and has two decent secondary pitches in his slider and changeup, which is the kind of repertoire which would afford him a long look as a starter in another organization. In his current organization, he's unlikely to see a significantly expanded role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Mets in July of 2008. Traded to the Tigers in July of 2015. Traded to the Yankees in December of 2015.
Working in relief Tuesday
PNew York Yankees
March 19, 2019
Cessa will work in relief Tuesday with the Yankees using Chad Green as an opener in his place against the Rays, according to Bryan Hoch of
Cessa was scheduled to start Tuesday, but Green will get the nod instead as the Yankees give the opener a shot against the team that made the role famous. Cessa should still get in as many innings as needed Tuesday, and remains on track to break camp with a spot in the Yankees' rotation.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .230 268 50 20 57 13 0 11
Since 2016vs Right .277 372 65 24 94 17 1 17
2018vs Left .266 84 19 5 21 6 0 2
2018vs Right .294 111 20 8 30 6 0 3
2017vs Left .172 66 10 8 10 3 0 1
2017vs Right .317 94 20 9 26 5 1 6
2016vs Left .234 118 21 7 26 4 0 8
2016vs Right .245 167 25 7 38 6 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 4.91 1.25 73.1 2 4 1 7.7 2.6 2.0
Since 2016Away 4.52 1.33 77.2 3 7 1 6.0 2.7 1.4
2018Home 5.84 1.62 12.1 0 1 1 10.9 2.9 0.7
2018Away 5.01 1.36 32.1 1 3 1 6.7 2.5 1.1
2017Home 3.80 1.31 23.2 0 1 0 8.7 3.4 1.9
2017Away 6.57 1.78 12.1 0 2 0 5.1 5.8 1.5
2016Home 5.30 1.10 37.1 2 2 0 6.0 1.9 2.4
2016Away 3.27 1.12 33.0 2 2 0 5.7 1.6 1.6
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How does Luis Cessa compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Cessa has served in a similar capacity on the Yankees' pitching staff over the past two years. He's capable of eating innings out of the bullpen or making a few spot starts in a pinch, though the righty was far more effective working in relief last year (3.14 ERA vs. 5.82 ERA in five starts). He was primarily a starter in the minors, as he also made 14 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the rotation appearing to be fully spoken for heading into the spring and a crowded bullpen behind the starting five, it may be difficult for Cessa to carve out a consistent role with the big-league club. The 25-year-old could once again occupy something of a swingman role, but it's also possible he stays stretched out as a starter in the minors.
Cessa was a surprise addition to the roster out of spring training, as he won a bullpen job out of camp. He essentially split time as a starter and a reliever, working his way toward a couple of spot starts before eventually joining the rotation full-time at the end of the season. The 24-year-old struggled at times with command and with the long ball, but he was more effective overall when working as a starter, where he put together a 4.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in nine starts. It's unclear exactly how the Yankees plan on using him next season -- whether he'll be in the bullpen or rotation, or even in the majors at all -- though the most likely scenario is he'll once again be deployed as a swing man.
While Cessa cannot match the mid-rotation upside of Michael Fulmer, the other pitching prospect Detroit received in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, he offers a nice combination of floor and proximity. The 23-year-old righty, now with the Yankees following an offseason trade for Justin Wilson, had a FIP below 4.00 across stops with the Mets Double-A and Triple-A affiliates prior to the trade to the Tigers. He then closed out the year with a 3.40 FIP and 34:15 K:BB in 37.2 innings with Triple-A Toledo — strong numbers, but he may have to head back to the Triple-A level to begin 2016 and prove himself to his new organization . He has four average or better pitches, so it will be Cessa’s command that determines how successful he can eventually be against big-league hitters.
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Leading fifth starter candidate
PNew York Yankees
March 14, 2019
Cessa is the leading candidate to open the year as the Yankees' fifth starter, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
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Likely destined for relief duty
PNew York Yankees
February 13, 2019
Cessa could spend much of the 2019 season in the bullpen, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Fails to finish first inning
PNew York Yankees
September 30, 2018
Cessa (1-4) took the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while recording only one out. He did not record a strikeout or walk a batter.
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Will start regular-season finale
PNew York Yankees
September 30, 2018
Cessa will start Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Records three-inning save vs. Toronto
PNew York Yankees
September 14, 2018
Cessa tossed three scoreless innings Friday, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out four to pick up the save against the Blue Jays.
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