Luis Cessa
Luis Cessa
27-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.
Pitches four scoreless frames
PNew York Yankees
June 30, 2019
Cessa threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing four hits with no walks and two strikeouts against the Red Sox on Sunday.
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The 27-year-old entered after the Yankees gave up four runs in the first inning. Cessa didn't pitch long enough to earn the win, but his four scoreless innings were key to the comeback, which the Yankees completed in the seventh. With this performance, the 27-year-old dropped his ERA half a run. Cessa is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 41 innings this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .256 214 47 19 50 11 1 5
Since 2017vs Right .275 324 65 28 79 17 1 15
2019vs Left .328 64 18 6 19 2 1 2
2019vs Right .223 119 25 11 23 6 0 6
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.50 1.32 56.0 0 3 1 10.1 3.1 1.4
Since 2017Away 5.16 1.54 66.1 1 5 1 6.6 3.8 1.5
2019Home 4.50 1.15 20.0 0 1 0 11.3 2.7 1.4
2019Away 4.57 1.66 21.2 0 0 0 7.5 4.6 2.1
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.53
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
94.3 mph
 
ERA
4.54
 
WHIP
1.42
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
1.62
 
Left On Base
73.2%
 
Exit Velocity
87.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.4%
 
Spin Rate
2332 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.7%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Providing length behind opener
PNew York Yankees
June 30, 2019
Manager Aaron Boone named Cessa and Chance Adams as his main options to cover multiple innings out of the bullpen when opener Stephen Tarpley exits Sunday's game against the Red Sox in London, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
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Game postponed due to weather
PNew York Yankees
May 13, 2019
Cessa won't make his scheduled start Monday against the Orioles due to inclement weather.
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Set to start Monday
PNew York Yankees
May 13, 2019
Cessa is slated to start Monday's game against the Orioles, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
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Set for long-relief role
PNew York Yankees
March 23, 2019
Manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday that Cessa will begin the season out of the bullpen in a long-relief role, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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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 MLB.com.
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