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Cristofer Mezquita is a six-foot, 175 lb. left-handed pitcher from Santiago, DR. Born on June 6, 2000, he signed his first professional deal on July 2, 2017 with the Astros through free agency. The deal had a $30,000 signing bonus.
Mezquita pitched in 30 games at the rookie level with the DSL Astros between 2018 and 2019, striking 47 out in 38 2⁄3 innings. He gave up 32 hits and 34 walks over that time for a 1.707 WHIP. He pitched 5 2⁄3 innings in 2021 for the Low-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers, striking out three and walking four.
The 2022 season would begin and end for Mezquita stationed with the FCL Astros Orange, in the stateside rookie league. On July 14, he pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out a pair as the Oranges defeated the FCL Marlins, 9-0.
Over his campaign, Mezquita allowed opponents to slash .240/.333/.291 over 202 plate appearances. He walked 20 and struck out 43 in 47 1⁄3 innings, finishing the season with a 1.310 WHIP. Look for him to start the 2023 season with the Woodpeckers.