The Washington Nationals are a team that is still in the midst of their rebuilding phase.
However, an interesting moment took place for the team on Tuesday night as they faced off against the San Francisco Giants.
Outfielder Jake Alu made his MLB debut for the team.
The 26-year-old was drafted by the Nationals in the 24th round in 2019, with the 273rd overall pick.
Alu went hitless in four tries last night, but still made some unique history.
He became the lowest drafted position player to make their MLB debut in Nationals history.
On Twitter, the Nationals celebrated Alu’s accomplishment with an appreciation post.
Jake Alu is officially the lowest drafted position player to make his @MLB debut with the Washington Nationals in team history.#NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/rwk8NvrGQt
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 10, 2023
Alu’s story is a classic example of perseverance.
The game of baseball is certainly not an easy one.
It takes dedication and grit to even be considered for a draft.
Alu was not taken until late in the 2019 draft.
But after his time at Boston College, Alu got his chance with the Nationals.
Three years later, he got to experience a moment he’ll never forget.
The 26-year-old was an All-Star at the minor league level in 2021 and 2022, but finally got his chance to shine at the Major League level this year.
And though he went hitless in his first game, his story is still an inspiring one.
Players drafted in late rounds often don’t get a chance to go very far in baseball.
However, Alu defied the odds and reached the pinnacle of success with his recent promotion, which makes a perfect story about a player who never gave up on his dreams.NEXT: Nationals Pitcher Achieved An Elite Mark On Wednesday