WEDNESDAY, MAY 05, 2010
Tim Montez torn in matchup of MLB protégé’s
Associate head coach/pitching coach Tim Montez
Associate head coach/pitching coach Tim Montez
Even in the midst of the 2010 season, JU associate head coach/pitching coach Tim Montez still takes time to see how his former students are doing at the Major League level.

Thus is the case tonight at 10:10 p.m. ET in Seattle as Matt Garza takes the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays against Cliff Lee of the Mariners.

"When you have several former players in the bigs and they square up against each other on the same night, you’re bound to be torn,” said Montez. “They are both quality young men, and I wish them nothing but the best."

Garza, who was the ALCS Most Valuable Player in 2008, was recruited and coached by Montez at Fresno State before being selected in the first round (25th pick overall) of MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Lee, who won the American League CY Young Award in 2008, was recruited and coached by Montez at Arkansas before being picked in the fourth round of the draft by the Montreal Expos.