Physical Description: Tall,
athletic frame with some projection, especially in his upper
body. Looks the part.
from a three-quarters arm slot from the first base side. Doesn't
use a wind-up and utilizes a medium leg kick. Short arm action.
Arm will drag behind delivery at times. Some effort in delivery,
but repeats it well. Very quick arm with some deception. Ball
jumps out of his hand. Gets good extension and separation
between his hip and shoulder. Crossfire action in delivery
Fastball: 93-96 mph.
Tops out at 99 mph. Strong command profile. Throws a lot of
quality strikes already. Has shown the ability to spot arm-side
as well as up in the zone when he wants to elevate. Pitch shows
life and jumps on hitters. Pitch has shown the ability to miss
bats. Potential plus-to-better offering.
84-86 mph. 10-to-4 shape. When he gets over it, shows bite and
bat-missing potential. Doesn't consistently get over the pitch,
getting on the side of it and leaving it flat and up in the
zone. Potential above-average offering.
83-85 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Can pull the string
with late fade at its best. Inconsistent at times, feel comes
and goes. Threw a fringe-average, show-me changeup in college,
but pitch has already shown signs of development early in his
pro career. Potential above-average offering.
Curveball: 74-78 mph. Work in progress. Long,
11-to-5 shape. More of a spinner, but has the potential to
continue to improve. Fringe-average offering.
Career Notes: Red Sox drafted and signed Song
with the knowledge he may have to miss two seasons at flight
school as part of his commitment to the Navy, knowing he was a
day-one talent but for his service commitment. Applied for a
waiver of his service commitment in fall 2019 to move to the
reserves in order to continue his baseball career, but after
several months in limbo, he altered his request in April 2020,
requesting to begin flight school. Was ultimately ordered to
report to flight school in June 2020. Was eligible to apply for
a different waiver to transfer to the reserves and return to
baseball as early as May 2021, but is expected to complete
flight school before applying. Missed all of 2020
and 2021. Participated in 2019
Fall Instructional League. Pitched in relief for Team USA in the
2019 Premier12 Tournament and was considered by some to be the
most impressive pitcher on a talented squad.
Summation: Has the potential to develop into a number
three or four starter. Canceled 2020 minor league season, plus
clarity with regards to his situation with the Navy, give him a
better chance of reaching his potential relative to his peers.
However, there is still a non-zero chance he either never
returns to baseball
or returns with diminished stuff having not pitched in so long,
and therefore his floor is much lower and risk far higher than that of a typical
prospect with his talent. Strong pitchability, already showing
the makings of a four-pitch mix, with three showing
above-average potential. Outstanding makeup, strong work ethic.
Type of person every organization strives to have. If he returns
from his Naval service with the same stuff he showed in Lowell
in 2019, he could move quickly as long as he can build up his
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Scouting Report Update (8.12.2020)