Nate Karns

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Nathan Karns
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Karns with the Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 51
Starting pitcher
Born: (1987-11-25) November 25, 1987 (age 27)
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 28, 2013 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through June 22, 2015)
Win–loss record 5–5
Earned run average 4.11
Strikeouts 96

Nathan "Nate" Karns (born November 25, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.


Karns attended James W. Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, where he played for the school's baseball team.[1] He enrolled at Texas Tech University, where he played college baseball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team.

In the 2009 draft, the Nats selected Karns 12th round, but his professional career was delayed as he had shoulder surgery in 2010, and didn't make his minor league debut until 2011.[2]

In 2012, he started at Class A Hagerstown, and then was promoted to Class A Advanced Potomac. His combined record was 11–4,[3] and was named the Nationals Minor Pitcher of the Year in 2012.[4] 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.[5] He started, and lasted 4 13 innings, allowing three earned runs, five hits, and two walks, in a game the Nats won, 9–3.[6]

On February 13, 2014, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for José Lobatón, Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson.[7]


  1. ^ MacMahon, Tim (April 20, 2006). "Arlington Martin: Top two pitchers succeed in different fashions". (registration required (help)). 
  2. ^ Reddington, Patrick. "Washington Nationals' Tuesday Night Lineup: Nathan Karns vs The Baltimore Orioles". Federal Baseball. SB Nation. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nate Karns Baseball Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Nationals name Matthew Skole minor league player of the year, Nathan Karns minor league pitcher of the year
  5. ^ Kilgore, Adam (May 27, 2013). "Nationals choose Nathan Karns to start Tuesday in place of Ross Detwiler". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hughs, Chase (29 May 2013). "Karns strong in debut, will start Sunday". CSN Washington. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Comack, Amanda (February 13, 2014). "Nationals acquire catcher Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson from Tampa Bay". Curly W Live. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 

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