Homza crushes 1st home run of his professional career

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 14, 2018

First came thunder from Jonny Homza’s bat. Then came lightning.

 

The Anchorage 19-year-old crushed his first home run of his professional career with the San Diego Padres rookie-level team in the Arizona League.

 

His two-run bomb came in the first inning of a 12-1 win over the Mariners in a game shortened to five innings because of lightning.

 

Homza, of South Post 4 Legion fame, was a fifth-round draft pick of San Diego last year and this is his second season. He played with AZL Padres 1 last year; this year it’s AZL Padres 2.

 

He hit No. 3 in the lineup and finished 1-for-3 with a walk to help raise his on-base percentage to a career-high .368 in 15 games. Last year it was .304 in 52 games.

 

Homza got the night off behind the plate. The infielder-turned-catcher has thrown out six baserunners in six games at catcher.

 

He has a 1.000 fielding percentage in three games at third base.

 

Homza is one of just two Alaskans currently playing pro ball in the minor leagues.