Red Sox pitching prospect Noah Song made his professional debut in the Red Sox’ organization on Thursday night, as he got the start and tossed a scoreless first inning in Short-Season Lowell’s 4-3 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds, the short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Working the bottom half of the first with the Spinners on the Road, Song struck out the first and last hitters he faced, one looking and one swinging, while also working his way around a two-out walk. 11 of the 19 pitches he threw on Thursday went for strikes.
Song, 22, was selected by Boston with the 137th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2019 amateur draft after graduating from the Naval Academy earlier in the year, marking the first time a Navy senior had been drafted as early as the fourth round.
The right-hander signed with the Sox on July 6th and was assigned to Lowell the same day.
A 2019 Golden Spikes Award finalist, Song will have to honor his commitment to the Navy by reporting to Penascola, Fla. in November to undergo flight officer training.
According to MLB.com’s Paul Harris, Song, “won’t be able to petition to serve the rest of his five-year commitment as a reservist until two years from now,” so he may not be able to commit to baseball full-time until 2021 at the earliest.
Still, Song was ranked highly among the country’s top draft prospects this year, and offers a fastball that can top out at 98 MPH, an impact slider, an improving curveball, and a show-me changeup, per SoxProspects.com.
By the way, the Spinners are 24-13 through 37 games this season in the New-York Penn Leaguue. By far the highest winning percentage (.649) among all Red Sox minor-league affiliates.