For the second straight selection to start Day Two of their 2019 draft class, the Red Sox have opted for a college pitcher. After taking junior Ryan Zeferjahn with their third round pick, they selected senior Noah Song with their fourth round pick. The righty, who attended the U.S. Naval Academy, was ranked as the number 65 prospect in the class by Baseball America, the number 49 prospect by Fangraphs and the number 68 prospect in MLB Pipeline.
Song is one of the most interesting names in this entire class as a college senior who may also be the most talented college pitcher in the nation. Song has made 14 starts for Navy this year with a 1.44 ERA over 94 innings with 161 strikeouts and 31 walks. The righty has always had a plus fastball that can get up to the upper-90s, and he came into his senior year with a newfound, potentially plus curveball. With a big frame, decent-to-solid command and a clean delivery, starting should be his future, too. So, why would a guy this good wait so long to be selected? Well, that’s where things get interesting. Due to Department of Defense rules, Song will have to serve in the military for two years before he can pursue a professional athletics career. So, he’ll be 24 by the time he can start pitching for the Red Sox. It’s a rule that was just recently reinstated in the last few years, and it makes this pick very intriguing, but very confusing as well. This is certainly a name to keep in mind moving forward.