Second Cousins in Washington! Not second cousins meaning the children of your parents' first cousins. Second Cousins meaning a second member of the Cousins family has been drafted by a D.C. team.
The Nationals selected Jake Cousins, the cousin of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, today in the 20th round of the MLB draft.
For the purposes of clarity, this post will break with style to refer to them as Kirk and Jake – rather than cousins Cousins and Cousins – from here on out.
Kirk congratulated his cousin on Twitter once he found out the Nats drafted Jake.
Congrats to my cousin, Jake, being drafted by the Washington Nationals today! There's room for another Cousins in DC! pic.twitter.com/2beUJY6Hog— kirkcousins8 (@KirkCousins8) June 14, 2017
Jake's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, also shared the news.
Even the official Twitter account of the MLB Draft got a kick out of the whole thing.
— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 14, 2017
Here's what you should know about Jake.
He's a right-handed pitcher from the Chicago area (Kirk grew up there, as well) who's 6-4 and 180 pounds.
According to his bio on the Penn athletics website, Jake was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy League selection in 2017 and was the team's ace pitcher.
He finished his senior season with a 7-2 record in 11 starts and a 3.15 ERA. His career 2.91 ERA is sixth best in the history of Penn's baseball program.
The Nationals are in dire need of bullpen help. While the odds aren't in Jake's favor to crack the Nats roster this season, current closer Koda Glover made his major league debut one year and one month after being taken in the 10th round of the 2015 draft.
Whatever happens, it's shaping up to be an exciting year for the Cousins cousins.