Red Sox closer to getting top pitching prospect Noah Song back

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The long-awaited return of Noah Song to professional baseball just drew a bit closer.

According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox pitching prospect has completed Naval flight training and has applied for a waiver to return to professional baseball.

The last time we saw Song - a graduate of the Naval Academy - he had established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox farm system. Before beginning his service with the Navy he dominated for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 tournament in Tokyo, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings in which he allowed one hit.

His most recent stint in the Red Sox organization came with Single-A Lowell in 2019, with Song allowing just two runs over 17 innings.

"The expectation was high, but seeing him ... I'll never forget seeing him throw his first bullpen in Batavia," Spinners pitching coach Nick Green said on the Bradfo Sho podcast in 2019. "I was like, 'Wow!' It wasn't just the velo. It was the command, everything. From Day 1 he got my attention and from that point on it's been great to watch him."