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Game Of The Week: Yanks Cessa With Another Solid Triple-A Outing


This week the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will be the highlight of our Game of the Week feature with their series starting on Friday.

But first we will take a look at a stand out player from the Yankees farm system.

During the off-season, one issue the Yankees wanted to address was going after talented young pitching to shore up their aging Major League pitching staff. Young arms are the future of baseball and having a crop of talented ones waiting in the minors, is key for a successful future.

One of those prospects is Luis Cessa, who was brought over in an off-season trade with the Detroit Tigers. Cessa even made the team out of spring training, but after making his major league debut in relief on April 8th against the Tigers, the Mexican native was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/WB RailRiders, so he could be stretched out for a future return to the majors as a starter.

In his first big league game, Cessa tossed two innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one.  The one run was a “Welcome to the Majors” home run off the bat of Miguel Cabrera, but even after the shot, Cessa settled down and showed the Yankee fans just why GM Brian Cashman traded for him initially.


Luis Cessa throwing a pitch during the RailRiders game on Tuesday in Scranton, PA. (Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/LOD)

On April 17th, Cessa made his RailRiders debut in relief and in 1.2 innings, he gave up a run on four hits, with two strikeouts. Four days later he started his first game of the season, and in 4.1 innings, he allowed one earned run, on two hits, walked two and struck out three.  And on Tuesday, the 24-year old righty, stretched out another inning, working through 5.1, allowing two runs, on four hits, with one walk and two strike outs.

Cessa was in line to win his first game of the season, after leaving the game with a 3-2 lead, but the bullpen gave up a run in the top of the ninth. The RailRiders came back and won it in walk-off style in the bottom of the 10th. You can read the full recap from our own Bethany Cohen here.

During the game Cessa, who threw 72 pitches (46 for strikes), retired the first six batters he faced before giving up a single in the top of the third inning. He surrendered just one run and was able to get out of trouble.

In the fourth he gave up a lead-off home run, but settled down and retired the next six of seven batters he faced sandwiched by a lead-off walk in the top of the fifth.

In Cessa’s solid outing, he is doing what the Yankees had hoped when they traded for him, and that is just pitch well enough that when they need him for a spot start he will be ready.

The skies the limit for this top pitching prospect and it will only be a matter of time before he finds himself back with the big club and shutting down opposing batters.


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