Karns with the Washington Nationals
|Kansas City Royals – No. 55|
November 25, 1987 |
|May 28, 2013, for the Washington Nationals|
(through 2017 season)
|Earned run average||4.37|
Nathan Alan Karns (born November 25, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Seattle Mariners.
Karns attended James W. Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, where he played for the school's baseball team. He enrolled at Texas Tech University, where he played college baseball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team.
The Washington Nationals selected Karns in the 12th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. His professional career was delayed as he had shoulder surgery in 2010, and didn't make his minor league debut until 2011.
In 2012, he started at Class A Hagerstown, and then was promoted to Class A Advanced Potomac. His combined record was 11–4, and was named the Nationals Minor Pitcher of the Year in 2012. He was added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2012.
When Ross Detwiler suffered an injury, Karns was called up to take his place in the pitching rotation, and made his major league debut on May 28, 2013. He started, and lasted 4 1⁄3 innings, allowing three earned runs, five hits, and two walks, in a game the Nats won, 9–3.
Tampa Bay Rays
On February 13, 2014, Karns was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for José Lobatón, Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson. Karns spent the majority of the season in the Rays' AAA system. He finished the season appearing in 2 starts only.
Due to numerous injuries to begin the 2015 season, the Rays gave Karns a rotation spot for opening day. On July 21, 2015 pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia, Karns hit his first Major League home run as Rays defeated the Phillies, 1–0. It was the first time since 1962 that an American League pitcher had homered in a 1-0 game. Karns appeared in 26 starts for the Rays, averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings despite just logging under 6 innings per start.
On November 5, 2015, the Rays traded Karns, C. J. Riefenhauser, and Boog Powell to the Seattle Mariners for Brad Miller, Danny Farquhar, and Logan Morrison. Karns began the Mariners season in the rotation but was then demoted to the bullpen after struggling. He made seven relief appearances before being shut down for the season in early August with a back strain. Karns finished the season with a 6–2 record, 5.15 ERA, and 101 strikeouts in 94 1⁄3 innings.
Kansas City Royals
Nathan Karns was married in December 2015 to Jennifer Karns (formerly Jennifer Boecker).
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