Korean Pitcher Noah Song, Reserved … Joins Philadelphia

Noah Song (26), a Korean-American pitcher who enlisted in the Navy after being nominated for a major league draft, will be serving as a reserve.안전놀이터

Local media such as ‘ESPN’ reported on the 23rd (Korean time) that Song was converted to a reserve role, and that he would join the Philadelphia Phillies spring camp a day later.

Song, who was nominated by the Boston Red Sox in the 4th round in the 2019 draft, recorded an ERA of 1.06 in Single A that year, playing 7 games and 17 innings.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, he enlisted in the military. In 2020, a new regulation was established that allowed officers from the military academy to play as professional sports players, but after confirming that it did not apply to him, he entered the Naval Flight School.

After completing his active service, he challenges the path of a baseball player again.

He is not entirely free from military service. According to ESPN, as a reservist, he serves a total of two weeks a year, such as one weekend service per month, and the rest can live a social life.

Song was drafted by Philadelphia in the Rule 5 draft last December. Philadelphia should trade or waive him if they don’t include him on their opening roster. If he passes the waiver, he can return to Boston, the team he originally belonged to. When that happens, he tries again in the big leagues as a Red Sox minor league player.

It’s a choice that Philadelphia has nothing to lose. Last season’s National League champions get a chance to use potential pitchers if he joins, and if not, they have plenty of other bullpen resources.

“We have nothing to lose,” President Dave Dombrowski said in an interview following his Rule 5 draft. A lot of people at the club saw potential in him. He explained the background of selecting him, saying, “If there is an opportunity to acquire a talented player without taking a spot on the roster, there is no reason not to take it.”

Song played 334 1/3 innings for four years at the Naval Academy, recording an ERA of 2.37 and 428 strikeouts. He is known for a high velocity of 99 mph, a mid-90s average fastball, a decent slider and an above-average curveball. He has experience representing the United States in the Premier 12.

He was rated as a second-round prospect in the draft, but was drafted in the fourth round because of his uncertain future as a military member.

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