The New York Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Luis Cedeno as an international free agent on May 26, 2012. He is ranked the 39th best prospect in the Yankees system in Pinstriped Prospects 2017 Top 50 Prospects list.
A month after his signing, the Yankees sent Cedeno to their Dominican Summer League Yankees 1 team. He pitched in eight games, all out of the bullpen, posting a 1-0 record and not allowing a run in 9 and one-third innings pitched. He allowed only six hits while striking out 10.
Cedeno remained with the Yankees 1 squad for a second straight season and sported a 5-0 record in five games out of the bullpen with a minuscule 0.53 ERA. He allowed just 11 hits in 17 innings pitched while walking four leading to a .824 WHIP.
The Yankees moved Cedeno to the Gulf Coast League Yankees 1 team where he pitched in 15 games, six of which were starts. He had a 1-3 record despite pitching to a 1.12 ERA. In 40 innings pitched, Cedeno allowed just 23 hits, striking out 35 batters and walking just six, which calculates out to a .725 WHIP.
To start 2015, Cedeno was assigned to the Charleston RiverDogs of the Low Class-A South Atlantic League. In his first start on April 24, he kept the Savannah Sand Gnats hitless in five innings in a 1-0 RiverDogs victory. He started nine games going 3-6 with a 3.52 ERA while pitching 46 innings and allowing 45 hits. He struggled with his control as he issued 23 walks and surrendered six home runs.
On June 11, Cedeno was sent to Extended Spring Training and then was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees of the short-season A New York-Penn League. Cedeno righted the ship by going 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 13 games, 12 of which were starts. He pitched 66 innings, allowing 68 hits, striking out 51 batters while allowing 20 walks.
Cedeno’s strong effort at Staten Island earned him another stint with Charleston for 2016. Cedeno pitched in 20 games, all of which were starts, resulting in a 9-9 record and a 4.10 ERA. In 107 and two-thirds innings, Cedeno allowed just 99 hits while walking 36 batters. He also struck out 95 batters.
Cedeno isn’t the type of pitcher who is going to blow batters away. He throws his fastball in the low-90s and features a good curveball and a changeup. He relies on control and executing pitches to hit his spots. He has a consistent delivery that helps him get batters out. The downside with Cedeno is that if he’s not hitting his location, he can get hit due to the lack of speed on his fastball.
Cedeno had a decent season with Charleston in 2016 and it would seem to reason that the Yankees would start him out at High Class-A Tampa to continue his development and challenge Cedeno. He needs to continue to work on his control to keep moving forward in his career.