Homza TinCaps’ Best All-Around Hitter | Tin stoppers
Across High-A Central, no one has touched the Guidelines more frequently this season than utility TinCaps Jonny Homza.
Homza leads the league in line practice rate at 28.3%, and he’s been one of the hottest hitters in the league in recent weeks, at 0.340 with 0.436 percentage on base and 0.596 percentage of hits since May 22.
The 21-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native was a beacon of offensive hope for a TinCaps team that is tied for 10th in the league at 12 teams in points. On Saturday and Sunday, the TinCaps were outscored 22-8 in back-to-back losses to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, but Homza scored 3 for 9 with a walk, double and two runs scored.
“I’m just trying to find my home ground and not swing on the ones I don’t want,” the 2017 fifth-round pick said of his state of mind this season. “This is my summarized approach, as simple as possible. I’m looking for heaters, and if I see something, I try to swing on it, I try to avoid the stuff in the dirt.
The TinCaps open a six-game series today against the Lake County Captains, who beat Fort Wayne in five of six games in a series in mid-May. Then Homza provided some highlights as well, winning two home runs in the set. He has three long balls this season, to go along with eight doubles and a pair of trebles, making him one of 12 players currently in the league with multiple trebles.
Homza is leading a 12-game hitting streak that is the longest by a TinCap this season. In his first year of professional baseball in a full season, Homza proves the Padres made the right choice with an aggressive promotion that saw him skip the Low-A level.
“We have a lot of guys that we really love not only as players in our system but also as people,” Padres senior director of player development Sam Geaney told MadFriars.com ahead of the season. . “Jonny is one of those and we’re really excited to send him to Fort Wayne with the opportunity to be the main (catcher).
“His receptions and blocks got better and offensively he got stronger thanks to his ability to lead baseball. Plus he’s one of the best defensive players we have in the system and he’s going to get some time on third and first.
Homza was indeed Fort Wayne’s main receiver, playing 17 games at the post and committing just one mistake. But he also saw time at third base, first base, right field and shortstop. He was a shortstop during his preparation career in Alaska and didn’t convert to a wide receiver until he was drafted.
“Now I do whatever they ask me to do,” Homza said. “It’s pretty fun bouncing like that.”
It is this combination of versatility and offensive production that has led Fangraphs to rank Homza as a “hitter to watch” in the Padres’ farm system, calling him a “hard-nosed guardrail who can also play on the court. and could end up with a 50) bat, which makes him an interesting contender for the 26th man.
The TinCaps will be hoping Homza can stay warm as the team enter the heat of summer and try to stay in the running in the busy High-A Central East Division.
“I know a few guys come in and take hits,” Homza said of how he and his teammates used Monday’s day off. “I like to take my mind off things and think about other things. It’s nice to relax.