The Philadelphia Phillies selected Boston Red Sox farmhand Noah Song in the MLB Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday afternoon.
The move is an interesting one because Song can’t pitch for the foreseeable future.
The 25-year old Annapolis grad hasn’t pitched since 2019 because he’s currently on active duty with the United States Navy. The Phillies have placed Song on the military list as he completes his active service.
Rule 5 Draft rules stipulate a player must be kept on the active roster or offered back to his former team. In Song’s case, the Phillies have found a loop hole to draft him and not place him on the active or 40-man roster.
Song is a fastball pitcher that sits in the 93-96 MPH range but can top out at 99-MPH. He also features a curveball, a sharp slider, and a change up to complement his fastball.
Song pitched 7-games for the Red Sox organization compiling a 1.06 ERA before entering flight school. He went 32-13 over four years for the Midshipmen with a 2.37 ERA, 428 Ks, and a .882 WHIP.
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