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Pitcher Scott Maine made his major league debut in 2010.

Maine was 2-2 with a 1.90 ERA as a high school junior, then went 6-2 with a save and a 0.10 ERA as a senior, setting school seasonal records in ERA and strikeouts (119). Baseball America rated him the #7 high school prospect. The Seattle Mariners chose the Floridian in the 15th round of the 2003 amateur draft but he went to college instead.

As a freshman in 2004, Maine tore the UCL ligament in his left elbow and had Tommy John surgery. He wound up being redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2005, he allowed 14 runs in 9 2/3 IP. Then that August, he nearly died when he fractured his skull in a car accident.[1] Despite doctors telling him that he may never walk or talk again, much less play baseball, Maine was on the mound again in 2006, wearing a protective plastic facemask.

During his sophomore season, the left-hander was 12-3 with a 4.57 ERA. he tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins, one behind Andrew Miller. He got Miami's only win in the 2006 College World Series, shutting out Oregon State University for 7 innings; OSU went on to the national title. The Colorado Rockies took him in the 23rd round of the 2006 amateur draft but he returned to college.

As a junior, Maine posted a 5-5, 3.28 record for Miami. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the 6th round of the 2007 amateur draft and he signed. He made his professional debut with the Yakima Bears that season, going 1-0 with a save and a 6.10 ERA in 8 games; he struck out 20 in 10 1/3 IP but walked 12 despite showing good control in college in 2007 (24 BB in 96 IP).

In 2008, Maine was 3-2 with 5 saves and a 3.19 ERA for the Visalia Oaks, whiffing 53 in 48 innings. He split 2009 between the Mobile BayBears (3-3, 5 Sv, 2.66 in 36 G) and the Reno Aces (1-2, 2 Sv, 3.68). In November, he was dealt with Ryne White to the Chicago Cubs for Aaron Heilman.

Maine spent most of 2010 with the Tennessee Smokies (1-1, 5 Sv, 2.20) and Iowa Cubs (3-1, 5 Sv, 3.51, 47 K in 41 IP, .213 opponent average). He was called up in late August to replace Justin Berg.

Maine made his major league debut with the Cubs on August 27, 2010, giving up a solo home run to Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds in an inning of relief.

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  1. NY Times:A Pitcher Is Put Back Together Again, March 5, 2006

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