|Boston Red Sox|
|Born: May 28, 1997|
Noah Benjamin Song (born May 28, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization, and a United States Naval Officer. Song played college baseball for the Navy Midshipmen, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2019. That season, he led NCAA Division I baseball in strikeouts, and in strikeouts-per-nine-innings. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 4th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. His fastball has been measured at 99 miles per hour (159 km/h). As of December 2019[update], Song was waiting to hear if the Navy will accept his petition to become a reservist, and delay his active service time so he can play professional baseball.
Song graduated from Claremont High School in Claremont, California, in 2015. Playing baseball for the high school team, in 2015 he received a Perfect Game All-California honorable mention and was named to the All-Sierra League second team.
Undrafted out of high school, Song attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he earned an engineering degree. In his freshman season of 2016, initially throwing in the mid-80s, Song produced a 9–3 record with a 2.75 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 75 1⁄3 innings. He was named the Patriot League rookie of the year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
In his sophomore season in 2017, he went 6–4 with a 3.67 ERA and 89 strikeouts over 76 innings. During the summer of 2017, Song played in the Cape Cod League for the Harwich Mariners. In his junior season of 2018, Song produced a 6–5 record with a 1.92 ERA and 121 strikeouts over 89 innings. Song once again played in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2018, this time for the Orleans Firebirds.
In his senior season of 2019, by which time his fastball velocity had increased to 95–97 mph and he added a 82–86 mph slider, Song produced an 11–1 record with a 1.44 ERA and 161 strikeouts (a new Navy record) over 94 innings. His 161 strikeouts was 3rd in NCAA Division I baseball in 2019, as did his strikeouts-per-nine-innings mark of 15.41 (the best in NCAA Division I since 2009, and 6th-best all-time in Division I history).
In his Navy career, he set school records for career wins (32), strikeouts (428), and innings pitched (334.1), and tied for the most shutouts in school history (9). During his time with Navy, Song won numerous awards and distinctions. He was a finalist for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award and 2019 Dick Howser Trophy. He was named the 2019 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year. He was named a 2019 First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA, D1Baseball, ABCA, and the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Song was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 4th round, with the 137th overall selection, of the 2019 MLB draft. He became the highest selected MLB draft pick in Naval Academy history, and the ninth Navy graduate picked in the MLB draft (two of whom have reached the major leagues; Nemo Gaines and Mitch Harris). On June 6, 2019, Song signed with Boston.
Song spent his professional debut season of 2019 with the Lowell Spinners of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League, going 0–0 with a 1.06 ERA, a .167 batting average against, an 0.88 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts over 17 innings.
Song pitched for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 tournament in November 2019. In the tournament, his pitches were measured as fast as 99 miles per hour (159 km/h). He was 0–0 with a 0.0 ERA in five relief appearances covering 5 1⁄3 innings, during which he gave up one hit and struck out six batters.
Song was originally accepted to the Navy pilot program in college, but had to change after being deemed too tall at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) to operate planes and helicopters in the field. His job path was then changed to a Naval flight officer and flight mission commander, serving on helicopters. Song was originally scheduled to report to Naval Air Station Pensacola on November 1, 2019, to start training as a naval flight officer and begin his five-year commitment to serve, until he was selected to play for the United States national baseball team at the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 tournament from November 2–17. After the 2019 Premier12 Tournament, he was scheduled to report to flight school in Pensacola in December 2019.
As of December 2019[update], Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Burke in the Navy has since for his part denied Song’s request and unless ruled against he will have to attend flight school and delay his professional baseball career. Basketball player David Robinson, the first overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA in 1987, served in the Navy for two years before embarking on his Basketball Hall of Fame career.
According to ESPN, no decision has been finalized. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, can grant Song's waiver against Admiral Robert Burke's recommendation. Navy spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Derrick Ingle said no final decision has been made on Song's status.
Song's father, Bill, immigrated to the United States from South Korea at the age of five. Bill has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he is a commander, since 1991. Song's mother, Stacy, is a special education instructional assistant. Song has three siblings; Faith (a nurse), Daniel (a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County), and Elijah (on his way to becoming a Marines pilot).
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