Cards Sign Pitcher With 2 Perfect Games In 05

Kenneth Maiques a right-handed pitcher, who threw two perfect games this season for Rio Hondo Community College, signed with the Cardinals today along with another right-handed pitcher Tyler Leach.

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals today announced the signings of 37th-round draft pick Kenneth Maiques and 39th-round draft pick Tyler Leach to minor league contracts.

Maiques is a right-handed pitcher who pitched at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, CA, and was recently named the 2005 Southern California Pitcher of the Year by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. He just turned 20 years of age on June 25 and will begin his professional career rehabbing at Johnson City (A) as he works his way back from "Tommy John" surgery.

Maiques' claim to fame is he pitched two perfect games for Rio Hondo Community College. His 2nd perfect game, came on April the 9th, of this past season against College of the Desert. In the first game of a double header Maiques struck out 14 and dropped his ERA to 0.53 for the season with a 6-2 record.

Kenny Maiques also pitched a perfect game on March the 29th against Mt. San Jacinto College. Maiques faced 21 batters in 7 innings, striking out 17, allowing no walks and having not one ball leave the infield. Maiques struck out the side 4 times including the final inning facing opposing players 1,2,3. The game was seven innings due to being the first game of a double-header.

The Rio Hondo Community College is a respected Junior College program, with their baseball team ranked as one of the top 20 teams in California, Eleven players have signed professional contracts and over fifty players have received scholarship offers.

Tyler Leach is also a right-handed pitcher and hails from Kings Mountain, NC. He was the 1,190th overall pick in the draft out of Kings Mountain High School. Leach was headed to Virginia Tech before agreeing to terms with the Cardinals. He will report to Johnson City (A).

The Cardinals have now signed 38 out of the 51 total players that they selected in the 47 rounds of the 2005 draft.

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