2022 Player Outlook
Cessa was very good for the Yankees, but he got even better after the trade to Cincinnati. In 24 appearances with the Reds, Cessa posted a 2.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and a 23:2 K/BB ratio across 26.1 innings of work. The easy thing to point to is that he dropped his four-seam fastball usage in favor of throwing more changeups, despite primarily only throwing that pitch to left-handed hitters. Regardless, this arsenal shift led his changeup to post a season-best 52 percent whiff rate in September, and his fastball velocity peaked that month. The right-hander has the stuff to post a strikeout rate higher than last year's 20.5 percent, and perhaps a full season of his arsenal shift will unleash that potential. There could be some regression in store for Cessa in 2022, as last year's ERA could be a mirage if you heavily consider his 3.84 xERA. Cessa likely won't be the first, second, or third option for saves in the Cincinnati bullpen, but he should do enough to improve your team's ratios and add some innings to your ledger.