Luis Cessa

Luis Cessa

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Reds in January of 2023.
Avoids arbitration
PCincinnati Reds
January 13, 2023
Cessa signed a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After logging a 2.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP season in 2021, Cessa took a considerable step back during his first full season with the Reds. The 30-year-old reliever turned in a 4.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 80.2 frames while also missing nearly a month due to back problems. Cessa failed to strike batters out at a particularly high rate and struggled with walks quite a bit. If these issues continue, high-leverage opportunities may be hard to come by next season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
27
Last 10 Games
66
Last 5 Games
81
How many pitches does Luis Cessa generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .229 309 61 20 66 14 2 10
Since 2020vs Right .249 381 69 34 85 13 2 11
2022vs Left .247 160 27 14 36 6 1 4
2022vs Right .253 176 32 14 40 5 1 10
2021vs Left .202 110 28 5 21 4 1 5
2021vs Right .250 151 26 14 34 6 0 0
2020vs Left .237 39 6 1 9 4 0 1
2020vs Right .234 54 11 6 11 2 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-46%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.28 1.28 80.0 5 3 1 7.5 3.4 1.6
Since 2020Away 3.00 1.18 87.0 4 3 0 6.5 2.5 0.7
2022Home 6.08 1.49 37.0 1 2 0 6.8 3.4 2.2
2022Away 3.30 1.12 43.2 3 2 0 6.4 2.9 1.0
2021Home 2.20 1.13 32.2 4 1 0 8.5 3.9 0.8
2021Away 2.81 1.16 32.0 1 1 0 6.5 1.4 0.6
2020Home 4.35 0.97 10.1 0 0 1 7.0 1.7 1.7
2020Away 2.38 1.50 11.1 0 0 0 7.1 4.0 0.0
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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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.11
 
K/9
6.6
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
93.5 mph
 
ERA
4.57
 
WHIP
1.29
 
BABIP
.269
 
GB/FB
1.69
 
Left On Base
71.1%
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2203 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.2%
 
Swinging Strike
9.4%
 
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The Reds' bullpen was a source of angst for most of the season, but the addition of Cessa worked really well for them after he arrived from the Yankees ahead of the trade deadline. In 26.1 innings after the trade, Cessa had a 2.05 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, striking out 23 against just two walks. Cessa's FIP (3.39), xFIP (3.83) and xERA (3.76) all suggest that he was a little fortunate in 2021, but even a correction to that level would be fine for the Reds. Cessa will be in the mix for an important role in the Reds' bullpen, potentially even closing.
It was reported July 4 that Cessa had tested positive for COVID-19 and was demonstrating mild symptoms. He was said to be feeling much better a couple days later and he joined the Yankees a couple weeks later, but the lost time was enough to cost Cessa a spot on the Opening Day roster. He was activated Aug. 5 and went on to pitch well for New York, finishing with a sub-3.80 FIP for the second time in three seasons. Cessa lost a little steam on his pitches, but his swinging-strike and chase rates remained strong and the results were within range of expected variance. The right-hander has been strictly a reliever for two seasons now and has established himself as a quality major-league reliever, but it will be difficult for him to climb high in the bullpen ranks with so many talented arms in the Bronx.
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.
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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Departs with knee injury
PCincinnati Reds
Knee
October 4, 2022
Cessa was removed from Tuesday's start against the Cubs with a knee injury, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Turns in quality start
PCincinnati Reds
September 28, 2022
Cessa allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two across six innings Wednesday against the Pirates. He did not factor into the decision.
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Stuck with fourth loss
PCincinnati Reds
September 23, 2022
Cessa (4-4) yielded three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks over 4.2 innings Friday, striking out three and taking a loss against Milwaukee.
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Starting on short notice Friday
PCincinnati Reds
September 23, 2022
Cessa will start Friday's home game against the Brewers, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Picks up win Sunday
PCincinnati Reds
September 18, 2022
Cessa (4-3) allowed a hit and two walks while striking out one in five scoreless innings to earn the win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
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