The truth is that Maiques had some tightness flare up in his forearm after his first start for short-season class A State College last season and he returned to Florida in July, knowing that rest was the only cure, and spent the remainder of the season rehabbing. The injury did not require surgery.
Maiques, 21, fell to the 37th round in the 2005 draft due to the surgery. After spending his freshman season at Long Beach State on a pitching staff that included Jered Weaver, Jason Vargas and Cesar Ramos (all first and second round picks), Maiques moved on to Rio Hondo Junior College in 2005 and led all California junior college pitchers with a 0.66 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 82 innings, while walking just 16.
With a fastball that can touch 96 mph, Maiques is serving as the closer for Low-A Quad Cities in 2007. Through his first 10 appearances, he is a perfect 7-7 in save opportunities, and leads the Midwest League in that category. He has allowed just one run (0.90 ERA) on eight hits, striking out 10 and walking three in 10 innings. Opponents are hitting just .222 against him.
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