The San Diego Padres have a loaded roster with the likes of All-Star Fernando Tatis Jr, Manny Machado and the recently added Luis Arraez who just happens to be the NL’s reigning two-time batting champ and a two-time All-Star. While their major league lineup is filled with talent their farm system has plenty as well.


With catcher Ethan Salas and pitcher Robby Snelling scheduled to arrive to the majors in 2025, the cupboard is hardly bare. One of the club’s more intriguing prospects is outfielder Homer Bush Jr., the teams fourth round pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. Bush is the son of former Padres player Homer Bush Sr., who was drafted by the club in 1991, and worked his way up the Padres farm system before being traded to the New York Yankees, winning a World Series title in 1998.

Now, Jr. is hoping to do the same thing but he’s also hoping to stay in San Diego.


Bush Jr. On Dad’s Exact Path


After being drafted Bush Jr. began his minor league career with Single-A Lake Elsinore. After finding success in Single-A Bush Jr, was promoted to Double-A San Antonio, and between those two stints and a stint in the Arizona Complex League as a rookie Bush excelled. The talented 22-year-old hit .322 with three homers and 17 RBI. He compiled 51 hits in 44 games while scoring 34 runs and stealing 22 bases. To begin this season Bush Jr., was assigned to the High-A Fort Wayne Tincaps, which is the same exact team his dad joined some 33 years ago.


In a recent interview with reporters, Bush Jr. discussed what it feels like to be following his dad’s MLB path.


“I’m obviously biased, being a part of this system. It’s all I know. But, I think it’s a truly unbelievable, special group of guys. … When we get the opportunity to show it
off — if it’s just one game on Friday or over the course of a full season — I think it’s going to be really impressive.”



Bush Jr Honored To Wear Brown And Gold


Making it to the majors is what drives Bush, but having the opportunity to wear the same team colors that his dad once wore adds to it. The speedy outfielder has his sights on donning the brown and gold that’s become synonymous with the Padres and was once worn by former great MLBbros Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield.

Bush Jr. is set on being the next great MLBbro to do so.


“You want to be playing on MLB Network at Petco wearing the brown and gold,” Bush told reporters in April.


Bush Finding His Footing


After a slow start to the 2024 season, Bush has seemingly found his footing. Currently batting .265 with 43 doubles and 26 stolen bases, he’s beginning to show the attributes that intrigued Padres brass. As he continues to develop into an everyday outfielder, the belief is his hitting for power will get better as he continues to fill out and get stronger.



With an expected major league arrival set for 2026, there’s plenty of time for the former Grand Canyon University star to do so.

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