San Diego Padres Prospect Homer Bush Jr. Following Dad’s Exact Path To The Majors

San Diego Padres Prospect Homer Bush Jr. Following Dad’s Exact Path To The Majors

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.

“This Is Where He Wanted To Be” | Homer Bush Jr. Excited To Follow In Dad’s Footsteps With San Diego Padres

“This Is Where He Wanted To Be” | Homer Bush Jr. Excited To Follow In Dad’s Footsteps With San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres are trying to dig themselves out of a hole.

At (53-55), the team has underachieved this season, but they’re still only 8.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers and within striking distance of a Wild Card. 

While, catching the Dodgers isn’t likely the Padres still have a postseason dream to pursue. So, all is not lost. Time is just running out. While team has been inconsistent on the field, they did seem to hit on last month’s MLB Draft.

 

Padres Draft Dillon Head & Homer Bush Jr. | A Need For Speed

 

The team drafted talented MLBbros, in outfielder Dillon Head with the 25th overall pick. Then swiped outfielder Homer Bush Jr, out of Grand Canyon University.

Bush’s selection can almost be likened to a legacy pick, as his dad Homer Bush Sr. was also drafted by the Padres in 1991. In fact, Bush Sr., spent the first six seasons of his career in the Padres system. Now his son looks to be a major player for them in the years to come.

 

 

This Is What Bush Jr. Hoped For

 

It’s every young player’s dream to make it to the big leagues, and in Bush Jr’s case he gets an opportunity to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

 

After seeing his son selected, an elated Bush Sr., told reporters…

 

“Man, words can’t even express how excited we are as a family he was drafted by the Padres.”

 

“We’ve gotten to know the organization well,” Bush Sr. said. “This is where he wanted to be. So the fact that he could get drafted in a respectable spot with the organization he wanted to be with, it’s almost too good to be true.”

 

Bush Sr., is currently the manager for the Staten Island FerryHawks of the Independent Atlantic League, proving he still hasn’t deviated far from the game since his playing days.

 

 

What Are Padres Getting In Bush Jr.?

 

Bush Jr. signed his $511,000 fourth-round allotment bonus on July 20th. As far as Bush Jr’s skill set goes, he in many ways is a lot like his dad. Standing 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, with the ability to add more to his frame, Bush Jr. is considered a right-handed-hitting-speedster. In fact, Bush Jr., clocked the fastest 30-yard dash at June’s MLB Draft Combine.

 

Bush’s best assets are speed and his ability to make contact with the baseball. During his junior campaign at GCU, he boasted a .478 on base percentage, along with 19 doubles, three triples, and two homers.

 

Bush Jr prides himself on is his ability to steal bases, and in his junior season he went 25-of-28 on stolen base attempts. The speedster was assigned to the Arizona Complex League Padres, where he’s batting .370. As of now he’s projected to be called up to the majors in 2026-27.

Grand Canyon’s Homer Bush Jr. Used Trip To Cape Cod League Last Summer To Catapult Himself Into Top-75 MLB Draft Prospects

Grand Canyon’s Homer Bush Jr. Used Trip To Cape Cod League Last Summer To Catapult Himself Into Top-75 MLB Draft Prospects

When Homer Bush Jr, arrived at Grand Canyon University three years ago he was batting at the bottom of the lineup. That all changed in 2023 as he’s been the squad’s the leadoff man this season and one of the best players in all of college baseball.

 

His performance has been so good that head coach Gregg Wallis has not once considered moving the sweet-swinging base magnet from the top of the batting order.

 

While things are good now for Bush Jr, who’s dad, Homer Sr. was a member of the 1998 New York Yankees World Series winning squad, that hasn’t always been the case.

Prior to this season Bush Jr’s numbers and effect on the team were pretty minimal. In 2023 he is batting .372 with 39 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He’s also accumulated 84 hits in 226 at-bats, 17 doubles, three triples and two homers.  His glove work has been immaculate too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bush Is Always On Base

 

Only striking out 26 times, Bush Jr. has also been walked 37 times. Point blank, he’s a handful to keep off base and even more of a problem when he reaches base.

 

Those numbers have catapulted him into the Top-75 rankings of 2023 MLB Draft prospects.

 

 

Cape Cod League Was Huge For Bush Jr.

 

Following a modest 2022 season, Bush Jr. added about 10 pounds to his now 6-foot-3, 200 pounds stature.

 

He also attended the Cape Cod league last summer, where he faced top-notch pitching daily. While he definitely got off to a rocky start, he didn’t let that deter him.

 

The aforementioned Wallis, recently talked about Bush Jr, who’s one of his two star pupils along with 2023 top-ten prospect in shortstop Jacob Wilson.

 

“It started in the summer,” Wallis said of Bush. “He went out to Cape Cod (league). He struggled a little bit early but found himself. It carried over to the fall. He had an incredible fall. It moved right into the season.”

 

Bush Jr., who’s draft eligible and the No.75 ranked prospect in the upcoming MLB Draft is in his third year. He credits the change in his play and draft status to just gaining invaluable experience.

 

“Combining that with the experience I got at the Cape, and being able to make those adjustments, helped,” Bush said. “And some of the stuff I worked on with coach Jack Wilson and Coach Wallis, and the confidence they have in me, it’s been huge for my success.”

 

 

 

Bush Jr Helped GCU Land No.1 Seed In WAC Tourney

 

 

2023 has been good to the Antelopes, boasting a 36-19 record and 22-7 in the WAC conference.

 

A lot of that is a result of Bush Jr’s innate ability to get on-base, which is something Wallis and Bush Jr., discussed as the next step in his development prior to the season.

 

“Me and Homer talked before the season about getting him in more of a run-production spot this in the lineup,” Wallis said. “But he’s been getting on base so much, controlling the strike zone. With his speed, for our team, he’s the ideal lead off hitter right now.”

 

That type of production from a leadoff spot sound like something all MLB teams want at the top of their batting order. For Bush Jr. having that type of skill set and the pedigree of a former major league dad, it’s safe to say this young MLBbro is going to hear his name called pretty early in July’s draft.