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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 229
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays right-handed pitching prospect Karns tossed seven solid innings for Triple-A Durham on Friday, striking out seven batters while scattering five hits and two walks, allowing one run.
Karns was knocked around in his major league debut with Washington in 2013, and serves as little more than organizational pitching depth for Tampa Bay this season. He has had a rough season, putting up a 5.63 ERA and a 1.424 WHIP, while seeing his K/9 dip to 9.6 and his BB/9 increase to 4.3. Karns could be up later this season, particularly if the Rays trade some starting pitching. Jul 12 - 10:31 AM

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Rays prospect RHP Nate Karns had another solid outing, allowing one earned run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham.

He struck out six batters and issued one walk in the game. Karns, 25, got off to a terrible start this season, registering an 8.20 ERA and 33/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 1/3 innings (six starts), but he's pitched much better in his last two turns, with a 1.32 ERA and .178 BAA in 13 2/3 frames. If he can continue to exhibit consistency at Durham, Karns should get a chance to pitch at the back end of the Rays' rotation later in the season.
May 12 - 11:29 AM

Rays optioned RHP Nate Karns to Triple-A Durham.

Karns was only up with the big club for a couple days and didn't appear in any games. He'll return to Durham's rotation.
May 7 - 8:26 AM

Rays recalled RHP Nate Karns from Triple-A Durham.

Acquired from the Nationals over the winter in the Jose Lobaton deal, Karns gets the promotion in spite of an 8.20 ERA with 18 walks over 26 1/3 innings at Durham. He did strike out 33 batters. It appears the Rays will use him in relief for now, but Karns could eventually get a shot to start.
May 4 - 10:26 AM

Rays prospect right-handed pitcher Nate Karns had his second consecutive good start for Triple-A Durham, striking out nine.

Karns allowed only two hits, one walk, and one hit batsmen in seven shutout innings. Hit ERA sits at an unsightly 5.59 due to two bad starts to start 2014, but in his past two starts he has a 0.75 ERA and opponents are hitting .132/.214/.211 against him. The Rays rotation is beyond overloaded, so Karns would need a couple of injuries to see time in Tampa Bay that is not as a long reliever.
Apr 19 - 9:52 AM

Rays prospect RHP Nate Karns was hammered for six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings on Tuesday in his start for Triple-A Durham.

The 25-year-old walked three and struck out nine in the outing. Karns made three uneventful starts for the Nationals last season (7.50 ERA, 11/6 K/BB in 12 innings), and was dealt to the Rays during the offseason in the Jose Lobaton trade. The right-hander was far more successful last season at Double-A Harrisburg, where he posted a 3.26 ERA and 155/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 132 2/3 innings. As long as things come together for Karns, he should see considerable time with the Rays in the major leagues this season, possibly as a swingman.
Apr 9 - 1:35 PM

Rays optioned RHPs Nate Karns, Kirby Yates, LHPs C.J. Riefenhauser and Jeff Beliveau, INFs Vince Belnome and Hak-Ju Lee, OFs Kevin Kiermaier to minor league camp; reassigned OF Mikie Mahtook to minor league camp.

No big surprises in this first round of cuts. Acquired from the Nationals last month, Karns tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, but Erik Bedard and Jake Odorizzi are the likely favorites to fill Jeremy Hellickson's spot in the rotation. Lee was limited to 15 games last season due to a knee injury and should make his major league debut at some point this year.
Mar 13 - 4:21 PM

Nathan Karns pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball as the Rays edged the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday.

Karns, picked up from the Nationals for Jose Lobaton and others last month, has pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings this spring. He's probably not far away from being a decent fifth starter in the majors, but since he's behind a couple of guys on the Rays depth chart, he's probably not going to be on the Opening Day roster.
Mar 12 - 4:26 PM

Rays acquired RHP Nate Karns from the Nationals for C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero, and OF Drew Vettleson.

This swap has been in the works for a month. Karns is already 26 years old, but the late-blooming right-hander posted a promising 3.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 155/48 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings last season at Double-A Harrisburg. He'll likely open the 2014 campaign with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.
Feb 13 - 9:57 AM

Nationals optioned RHP Nate Karns to Double-A Harrisburg.

Karns posted a 7.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP over three starts with the big club, and he's no longer needed with Ross Detwiler returning. He has a bright future, but the 25-year-old didn't appear to be ready yet.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Nate Karns lasted just 4 2/3 innings while giving up four runs -- three earned -- in a loss Sunday to the Braves.

Karns struck out six, but he gave up seven hits and walked one. His line would have looked a lot better had Zach Duke not allowed one of his inherited runs to score in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old has impressive stuff, but the Nationals have limited his exposure in his first two major league games. His next start is scheduled for this weekend against the Twins.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Nate Karns will get another start on Sunday in Atlanta.

Karns allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in his major league debut Tuesday. Ross Detwiler (oblique) still isn't ready to return from the disabled list, so Karns will get another start. He could be worth a look as an NL-only option against the Braves.
Tue, May 28, 2013 11:43:00 PM

Nate Karns allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.

It was Karns' major league debut, and the Nationals already had plans to ship the right-hander back to Double-A Harrisburg after the outing. He allowed home runs to Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy in the fourth inning and didn't factor in the decision. Karns has a future in the majors, but that future will be on hold for a while longer after Tuesday.
Tue, May 28, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Nate Karns from Double-A Harrisburg.

Karns will fill in for Ross Detwiler (oblique) and make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Orioles. The 25-year-old has a 4.60 ERA and 55/18 K/BB ratio in 45 innings over nine starts in Double-A this year. Karns isn't guaranteed to make more than one start, but is worth a flier in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Tue, May 28, 2013 03:31:00 PM

The Nationals will call up right-hander Nate Karns to start Tuesday against the Orioles.

The Nationals don't see Zach Duke as an option with Ross Detwiler on the disabled list, so Karns will get the call. Injuries have stalled his progress, but the 25-year-old owns a fine 2.70 ERA and 10.9 K/9 over parts of three seasons in the minors. He could be worth a short-term play in NL-only leagues.
Mon, May 27, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
3Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Cole Figueroa
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Matt Moore
2Alex Cobb
3Chris Archer
4Drew Smyly
5Jake Odorizzi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau