Homza homers in back-to-back games for Class High-A TinCaps

May 16, 2021

Jonny Homza

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza has hit home runs in consecutive games for the first time in his four-year pro career.

The starting catcher with the Fort Wayne TinCaps hit a two-run dinger in Friday’s 8-2 loss and a solo shot in Saturday’s 4-3 win.

Homza is batting third or cleanup in the lineup, so he’s a slugger the team counts on to drive the ball into the gap, or over the fence.

Homza now has 10 home runs in 197 career games to make him just the third Alaskan to reach double digits in dingers at the pro level. The other two are Jamar Hill and Cliff Anderson.

He seems to hit his homers in bunches, too; so he might hit another one soon. In 2019, he hit two homers in a three-game stretch with Auckland in the Australian Baseball League. In 2018, he hit two homers in a four-game stretch with the Padres in the Rookie League.

The 21-year-old was a fifth-round MLB draft pick straight out of high school by the San Diego Padres in 2017.

Homza has been nothing short of solid as a pro.

Not only has the infielder-turned-catcher had to adjust to pro pitching, he’s had to learn a new position behind the plate as well.

The fact that he’s the starting catcher and batting in the middle of the lineup is a testament to his skillset and mindset.