Luis Cessa is making it very hard for manager Aaron Boone to solidify his rotation after yet another stellar outing on Thursday.
Cessa went a strong four innings, allowing no runs and just two hits and a walk while collecting three strikouts against the Blue Jays. The walk was Cessa's first this spring, and his ERA fell even further to 0.69 over 13 spring innings.
"I thought his two-seam fastball was really good again, which is really encouraging," Boone told NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera about Cessa latest outing.
Cessa's competition to make the starting rotation is Jonathan Loaisiga, and though the Yankees may have favored Loaisiga heading into camp, it will be hard to justify that now looking at the numbers. While Cessa has dominated, Loaisiga's owns a 10.00 ERA from 11 runs (10 earned) over nine innings.
The 26-year-old Cessa is thanking that fastball Boone mentioned, saying it's command is "key" to his success this spring.
"I know I've pitched well," Cessa said.
But will it be well enough for Boone to put him in the rotation in place of Luis Severino, who is dealing with rotator cuff inflammation. Boone is certainly taking notice.
"I feel like he has a real good idea what he's doing right now...and executing," Boone said. "Another exciting step forward for him."