The Reds prospects aren't ready, but Luis Cessa cannot start another game this season

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) in the dugout
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) in the dugout / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

No matter the reason for his struggles on Sunday, Luis Cessa cannot be allowed to start another game for the Cincinnati Reds. But the Reds don't have many other options.

The Reds, with a chance to win a series over the defending National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies, turned to Cessa on Sunday afternoon. After about a one-hour rain delay, the game began, and was essentially over beofre Cincinnati even swung the bat.

By the time Reds leadoff hitter Jonathan India got into the batters' box in the bottom of the first inning, Cincinnati was already trailing 9-0.

Luis Cessa cannot be allowed to start another game for the Reds.

According to, Luis Cessa said he felt fine physically. That's good. But the Cincinnati Reds must make a change in the starting rotation, if for no other reason than to preserve their already strained bullpen.

Now it's not just as simple as calling up the team's top pitching prospects. Both Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt have struggled during the early-going at Triple-A Louisville, proving that the Reds made the right decision not to include them on the Opening Day roster.

Unless there's a waiver claim to be made, the Reds will have no choice but to select the contract of Chase Anderson before Luis Cessa's next scheduled start. Will this fix all Reds rotation woes? No, but it'll be an improvement and allow both Williamson and Stoudt to get some more innings under their belt at Triple-A.

Anderson currently leads the Louisville Bats with 13 strikeouts, but does have eight walks in just 15 innings pitched. Unfortunately, there's just no good options right now.

For those of you who've been impressed by Andrew Abbott's first two starts of the season, don't even think about it. Abbott in a phenomenal young pitcher, but he's not ready to make the leap to the big leagues just yet. Though a promotion to Triple-A could be in the cards very soon.

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