The Book on Nathan Karns
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Nathan Karns / RHP, WAS
Arlington, TX, USA
School: Texas Tech
172 | 5/28/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (3/7/2014): #173
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
Scout.com/FOX Sports: Unranked or n/a
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2013: Unranked or n/a
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A late-blooming pitching prospect who's just now learning to pitch from his very big and strong frame after recovering from shoulder surgery a couple of years back, the Nationals' own Nathan Karns looks like he could step up into MLB soon. In 116 innings split between low and high-A ball last season, the right-handed Karns showed mastery of his 98mph fastball, turning in a scintillating 2.17 ERA, 1.01 WHIP season. A new ability to throw a quality curve for strikes and a developing change also helped him strike out nearly twelve batters per nine innings of work. A bit under the radar thanks to his advanced age, Karns could be a surprise savior if the Nats suffer injury this year. If not, he's on track for a storybook rookie debut at the age of 26 next season.
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News and Notes
5/28/2013 by DataBoy
Nathan Karns lasted only four and one third innings in his MLB debut against the Orioles on Tuesday night, as the advertised rookie pitching duel with Kevin Gausman didn't quite come to pass. Karns surrendered three runs on five hits, two of them on fourth inning homers to Chris Davis and JJ Hardy. He looked decent enough, and earned another start next series against either the Braves or (if he's lucky) the Mets.
5/27/2013 by DataBoy
Nathan Karns will jump up from AA to make a spot start for the Nationals on Tuesday, filling in for the DL-bound Ross Detwiler. If he perfoms well, he'll have an opportunity to make one or two more starts before Detwiler returns. Karns isn't the team's top pitching prospect (he's probably not even in the top three), but while bigger names have struggled, Karns is having the best season so far. He's earned a shot.