Just one year ago Rafael Montero was starting games on the mound for the Binghamton Mets. Wednesday night, the 23-year-old right hander will make his Major League debut at Citi Field against the Yankees. Technically, it will be Montero's second start at Citi Field as he started the Futures Game for the World team during last year's All Star Week. Fellow Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard started the same Futures Game for the U.S.
With Montero ready for prime time, his former skipper, B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez believes he has what it takes for long term success in the big leagues.
Lopez jokingly said his plan is to be ejected early during the B-Mets 6:35 game against Harrisburg so that he can watch Montero pitch from the clubhouse. Lopez added that with deGrom on the roster as well, it gives him an immense sense of pride in seeing his "sons" see their dreams come true.