Luis Enrique Cessa
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
The New York Mets originally signed Luis Cessa as a 17-year-old amateur free agent before the 2009 season. The scouts were Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz and Fred Mazuca. He was an infielder at the time and played his first two professional seasons with the DSL Mets and DSL Mets 1 in 2009 and 2010 as a position player. However, he failed to hit for .200 either year and in 2011, he was moved the mound.
The decision to make Luis a pitcher proved to be a good one, as in his first season in the role, he did well enough to move to the GCL Mets after 5 starts with the DSL Mets 2. He was a combined 4-3, 3.19 in 15 games that first year, being used out of the bullpen after moving to the United States. In 2012, he went 5-4, 2.49 in 13 games as a starter for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League and followed that with an 8-4, 3.12 record in 21 starts for the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2013. He spent most of 2014 in the Florida State League with the St. Lucie Mets, where he was 7-8, 4.00 in 20 starts, also pitching once for the Binghamton Mets in his first taste of AA ball. He started 2015 with Binghamton where his record was a solid 7-4, 2.56 in 13 starts to earn him a promotion to the AAA Las Vegas 51s in early July. He was roughed up in 5 starts, going 0-3, 8.51, but had shown enough until then that the Detroit Tigers acquired him, along with fellow pitching prospect Michael Fulmer, in a trade for starting LF Yoenis Cespedes on July 31st. He made 7 starts for the Toledo Mud Hens, going 1-3, 5.97 to finish with a combined pitching line of 8-10, 4.52 with 119 strikeouts in 139 1/3 innings.
On December 9, 2015, he was traded again, headed to the New York Yankees alongside fellow prospect Chad Green in return for major league reliever Justin Wilson. He made the team out of spring training in 2016 and made his debut facing the Detroit Tigers in relief on April 8th; in his first inning of work, he gave up an opposite-field homer to Miguel Cabrera, then followed that with a scoreless frame.