Second-year pro Homza crushes 1st home run in Arizona League
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 High 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.