With the third pick in the fifth round of today’s Major League Baseball draft, the Padres selected Johnny Homza, a middle infielder from South Anchorage High School in Alaska, who wasn’t expected to go nearly this early. Now, we are starting to get to the point where there is less and less public information on prospects, but we’ll do our best to give you a glimpse of the draftees.
Hozma was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Alaska before leading his high school squad to a state championship as just a junior, and although he did so as a pitcher and a shortstop, “Homza profiles better as an athletic middle infielder who makes a lot of hard contact with some pop” according to MLB.com.
If Homza wasn’t drafted, he was committed to leaving the frigid weather of Alaska to play for the University of Hawaii, but the prospect of being drafted several rounds early will almost guarantee he reaches a deal and give Preller some more flexibility. The notion that Mason House’s competition was a “concern” pales in comparison to the issue it is for Homza, who need extended time developing in the lower minors.