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. Back in March Homza went deep against his old summer team the Langley Blaze, from Canada, however, that was an exhibition game at the Peoria Sports Complex in AZ. Coach Tony Wylie and a handful of other Alaskans were in attendance that day and said his 3-run blast traveled approximately 430 feet, clearing both the left-center field fence and a wall surrounding the complex.
His two-run bomb this week came in the first inning of a 12-1 win over the Mariners in a game shortened to five innings because of lightning.
Homza, a 3-year member of Alaska Baseball Academy, was a fifth-round pick of the San Diego Padres 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 also has a 1.000 fielding percentage in three games at third base where he played prior to his move to catcher.
Posted by Van Williams, Jul 14, 2018