Mason Denaburg, a right-hander from Florida, probably had a little more spending money than usual this Christmas.
The Washington Nationals drafted Denaburg—a highly-ranked high school talent who suffered biceps tendinitis, causing his stock to fall—with their first-round draft pick at the 27th slot this past June.
Denaburg received $3 million dollars thanks to the work of his agent, Scott Boras, and on Saturday night, he shared video of his parents opening a letter in which he thanked them for all the sacrifices they made, the values they instilled in him and for the countless late nights, concluding it by telling them that he had paid off all their loans from the bank.
The nineteen-year-old called his parents his “heroes” and said it was “the least he could do for both of [his parents] after all the sacrifices [they] made.”
Thank you Mom and Dad. This is just a small part of what you deserve. You have helped me reach my goals in ways i could never imagine. i love you guys so much and the support and love you give to our family is greater than anything i could ever give back to you. pic.twitter.com/D2S1Kd5u5Y— Mason Denaburg (@masondenaburg_) December 30, 2018
Denaburg’s announcement and video came just four days after Royals’ prospect Brady Singer gave his parents a similar gift on Christmas.
Today is very special to my heart. To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can’t thank them enough. Love you Mom and Dad pic.twitter.com/AFHi2Xma0c— Brady Singer (@Bsinger51) December 25, 2018
Denaburg spent the summer with the GCL Nationals in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will likely see a promotion to the lower levels of the farm system in the spring. MLBPipeline ranks him as the team’s No. 4 prospect, with an ETA of 2022.