Golden Spikes Spotlight: Noah Song
Noah Song, a 6-foot-4 righthander, is used to ducking his head into dugouts. Pretty soon, though, the blades of a chopper will be over his head, and that’s where his story diverges from that of other elite pitchers.
Song, a senior at the Naval Academy and the owner of a mid-90s fastball, has had a brilliant college career and has been especially filthy so far this season —1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings. Batters are hitting just .146 against him, and he is averaging 20.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
The key for Song – besides a golden right arm that has never been operated on or injured – is mental focus.
“Being a Midshipman can be a high-stress environment,” Navy coach Paul Kostacopoulos said. “But Noah is cerebral and unflappable.”
Following this season, Song is expected to be selected in the MLB draft, and his talent suggests his name will be called within the first five rounds.
But he owes a service commitment of at least two years to the Navy, and he expects to report to flight school on Nov. 1 in Pensacola, Fla., where he will prepare to become a helicopter pilot.