Noah Song (RHP) and his Harmonious Life

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As you may recall, Noah Song graduated from Annapolis in 2019 after leading Navy with an 11-1 record, 1.44 ERA, and 161 strikeouts in 94 innings, which earned him First Team All-American status and a spot at the Finalists table for the Golden Spikes Award. Due to his 2-year naval commitment, the Red Sox took a flier on him by selecting Noah in the 4th round of the 2019 draft. He is a tall (6'4"), sturdy (200 pounds) righthander that Sox Prospects believes has mid-rotation starter potential. Searching for a little contemporary news, I found a Tomase article from Nov'21 that gave a decent update and a timeline of "sometime in 2022". I had forgotten that he has already pitched in the Red Sox system; Mr. Song, who grew up in Claremont CA (an L.A. suburb), made his debut with the Lowell Spinners in 2019, struck out 19 in 17 innings and pitched to a 1.09 ERA. That fall, Noah pitched for the U.S. in the Premier12 tournament against high-level competition, showing off a 99 mph fastball. He allowing no earned runs, 1 hit, and struck out 6 in 5 relief appearances (5.1 innings). He turns 25 May, 2022 and his two-year commitment ends June, 2022.
 
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Huh, I guess I was quite timely then. But I don't see him rising quite that fast. Best case, he pitches 40-50 innings in MiLB this year.
 

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Thanks for the update! I was particularly looking forward to his return as he's half-Korean:

"Song's father, Bill, immigrated to the United States from South Korea at the age of five.[37] Bill has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he is a commander, since 1991.[38][39][7] Song's mother, Stacy, is a special education instructional assistant.[7][13] Song has three siblings; Faith (a nurse), Daniel (a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County), and Elijah (on his way to becoming a Marine pilot).[13]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Song
 

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I know it seems that there has been nothing but silence for a few years, but has Song given any indication in the last few years that he intends on resuming his baseball career?
 

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I know it seems that there has been nothing but silence for a few years, but has Song given any indication in the last few years that he intends on resuming his baseball career?
I may be mistaken but I thought I had read or heard on a podcast that Song is flying helicopters or something else less glamorous than a fighter jet. If that is the case, I could see a potential MLB career being pretty attractive to him.
 

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if he is anything comparable to that, in a Sox uniform, I'd be okay with that.
 

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I may be mistaken but I thought I had read or heard on a podcast that Song is flying helicopters or something else less glamorous than a fighter jet. If that is the case, I could see a potential MLB career being pretty attractive to him.

His intention was always to work on rotorcraft. The issue was given his height, he'd not be a pilot. He could still have a very meaningful career in the Navy but I believe that was his first goal, to be a navy helicopter pilot.
 

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Went to a game a while back to see him pitch. Really hoping we get to see him in Boston one day


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I'm not a tweeter (or a woofer). Anyone follow him? Can you ask him his plans for this summer? An inquiring Nation wants to know.
 
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From Fangraphs' Red Sox Prospects writeup: Any successful evaluation of prospects is based on a historical understanding of other prospects. Here is what this player looks like right now in terms of age, tools, and skills, and here’s what players who look like that tend to project as. That essential rubric is impossible to apply to Song, who had first-round talent but fell to the fourth round of the 2019 draft due to a naval service commitment of imprecisely-determined length. Ignoring that for a moment, Song is certainly an interesting power arm. He touched 99 mph for Team USA during his draft year and features a pair of plus breaking balls with a hard, darting slider and a slow but very deep curveball. His changeup will need development as a pro, as will his command; while he generally throws strikes, he fills the box far more than he locates his pitches. Instead of throwing bullpens, Song, who turns 25 in May, is in flight school, and while there are reasons to believe he could resume his baseball career as early as this summer, nothing is set in stone as of list publication. The stuff and ability to pitch in the big leagues is there, but we just don’t know enough about Song’s availability to do so.

Fastball Slider Curveball Changeup Command Sits/Tops
55/60 50/55 50/55 40/45 40/50 93-95 / 99


Age: 24.8, Height: 6′ 4″, Weight: 200, Throws: R, Future Value: 40+
 

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Must be a tough decision for the guy. Being a pro baseball player is very cool, but being a naval aviator might be the one profession that’s even more cool. Maybe I watched too much top gun as a kid but giving up that kind of military career for a shot at the show when you’re behind the eight ball age wise isn’t a homerun decision.
 

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Must be a tough decision for the guy. Being a pro baseball player is very cool, but being a naval aviator might be the one profession that’s even more cool. Maybe I watched too much top gun as a kid but giving up that kind of military career for a shot at the show when you’re behind the eight ball age wise isn’t a homerun decision.
I mean, if you’re any good, you go the Ted route!
 

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I mean, if you’re any good, you go the Ted route!
Ha! I was fortunate to spend a couple years supporting Top Gun (technology stuff, nothing cool like flying) and it’s an astonishing collection of people and toys…but they aren’t ending up millionaires :)

Its a tough choice for sure, and I get the age stuff OTB mentioned, but it seems one you kinda can’t lose too.
 

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Must be a tough decision for the guy. Being a pro baseball player is very cool, but being a naval aviator might be the one profession that’s even more cool. Maybe I watched too much top gun as a kid but giving up that kind of military career for a shot at the show when you’re behind the eight ball age wise isn’t a homerun decision.
He has time. I heard Pete Mitchell is still flying and he's older than Wilfred Brimley in Cocoon.
 

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Must be a tough decision for the guy. Being a pro baseball player is very cool, but being a naval aviator might be the one profession that’s even more cool. Maybe I watched too much top gun as a kid but giving up that kind of military career for a shot at the show when you’re behind the eight ball age wise isn’t a homerun decision.
Oh naval aviator is about as cool as jobs get.
 

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Oh naval aviator is about as cool as jobs get.
Not that the general public knows the difference but FYI officially naval aviator = pilot. Song is training to be a naval flight officer (ie NFO, “backseater”, “Goose”). Still quite fun and glamorous to be sure :)

And yes he’s got plenty of good years of flying ahead of him so some time in the Reserves to take a shot at a legit MLB career won’t hurt him there. I hope that he can get the waiver, both for his sake AND the Sox!
 

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I get the distinction. My dad was a naval aviator, flying the F-8 crusader off the USS Hancock in Vietnam. Recently he and I were at TOPGUN where he got to give a speech to the graduating class. Got to hang out with the servicemen and women and see the jets up close. Pretty fun experience for me!
 

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I get the distinction. My dad was a naval aviator, flying the F-8 crusader off the USS Hancock in Vietnam. Recently he and I were at TOPGUN where he got to give a speech to the graduating class. Got to hang out with the servicemen and women and see the jets up close. Pretty fun experience for me!
Fantastic! My dad was an AF pilot so I grew up knowing my military aircraft like I knew my dinosaurs. Probably a big reason I became a Navy Flight Doc.

Like Noah I have to admit I like helos better though. Flying low level in the back of a chopper with the doors open is about as good as it gets!