Homza’s growth at catcher coincides with promotion

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 20, 2019

Jonny Homza of Anchorage continues to move up the food chain in the San Diego Padres organization as the third-year pro was promoted to the Class-A Tri-City Dust Devils after two years in the Rookie League.

 

The 20-year-old made his name as a incredible infielder but was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 MLB draft to play catcher, hardly an easy move.

 

But Homza has thrived behind the plate, as his development defensively has paved the way for his rise up the ranks of pro baseball.

 

He joined Tri-City for the start of the Class A season and in his first three games has doubled, driven in three runs and thrown out two baserunners.

 

In 41 games at catcher, he has hosed 22-of-77 base stealers for a .286 career percentage. That’s about average for catchers, but it’s more impressive when you remember Homza has played only 296 innings at his new position.

 

The former South Legion Post 4 all-star owns a .981 career fielding percentage with 25 passed balls.

 

Homza has also logged 47 games at second base, shortstop and third base in his pro career. He’s played another nine games at designated hitter.

 

At the plate, the six-foot slugger owns a .227 batting average and .323 on-base percentage in 99 career games. He has three home runs, 21 doubles and 44 RBIs.

 

Homza is one of 24 Alaskans to play pro baseball at the Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A and Major League level.

 

Major League

Marshall Boze P Soldotna

Chad Bentz P Juneau

Chris Mabeus P Soldotna

 

Triple-A

Tom Allison 2B Susitna Valley

Cliff Anderson SS/2B Kodiak

Alex Jamieson C Anchorage

Joey Newby P Soldotna

Corey Madden P Anchorage

 

Double-A

Dustin Krug P Kodiak

Jamar Hill OF Anchorage

Chad Nading P Anchorage

Dylan Baker P Juneau

 

Single-A

Matt Way P Sitka

Jerome Johnson P Fairbanks

Ryan Shaver P Fairbanks

Levi Robinson 3B Anchorage

Trajan Langdon 3B Anchorage

Timothy Stanley 2B Anchorage

Brian Montalbo P Anchorage

Anton Maxwell P Anchorage

Joe Ayers SS Juneau

Toby Staveland P Juneau

Jeff Zitek SS Kenai

Jonny Homza C/3B Anchorage