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Nate Karns | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nate Karns was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Red Sox on Saturday.
Karns picked a pretty good day for his first bad outing of the spring, as he was told yesterday that he made the team. He's expected to be Tampa Bay's No. 3 starter as a result of the injuries to Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, and he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues early on. Mar 28 - 4:43 PM

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Nate Karns pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Thursday against the Twins.

Karns gave up six hits, five of them singles. He struck out four and walked one. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all sidelined, Karns has gone from competing for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation to likely opening the year as the team's third starter. He makes for an intriguing late-round option in AL-only leagues.
Mar 19 - 5:10 PM

Nate Karns was perfect for four innings Saturday in the Rays' 3-2 defeat of the Orioles.

Karns struck out two. With Drew Smyly iffy for Opening Day and Alex Colome down with pneumonia, Karns has a great chance of claiming a spot in Tampa Bay's rotation. He's an AL-only sleeper.
Mar 14 - 5:17 PM

Nate Karns started and pitched two scoreless innings versus the Orioles on Thursday.

Karns is a candidate to make the Rays rotation, but it really hurts his chances that he has options and Alex Colome doesn't. Still, if Karns pitches well this spring and Colome doesn't, it's possible the Rays will stick Colome in the pen or trade him.
Mar 5 - 5:15 PM

Nate Karns wasn't sharp Sunday, allowing six runs over five innings in a loss to the White Sox.

Karns was terrific in his Rays debut on September 12, but things went much differently Sunday. The right-hander gave up just five hits, but three left the yard. The home runs accounted for five of his six runs allowed. Karns, who was acquired for Jose Lobaton before the season, will likely get one more start before the season ends, with that start coming next weekend at the Indians.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Nate Karns was brilliant in his first start with the Rays on Friday, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.

You know, because the Rays need more pitching. Added to the rotation this week after Drew Smyly reached his innings limit, Karns was nothing short of brilliant after a shaky first inning. He fanned eight and walked two while throwing 72 out of 114 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old has a promising matchup next week against the Yankees and could be worth a try as a streaming option.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:10:00 PM

Nate Karns will be recalled to start on Friday in Toronto.

He'll be taking the rotation spot of Drew Smyly, who has been shut down due to his innings workload. Karns has had a rough year, posting a 7.50 ERA in three starts with the Rays and a 5.08 mark in 27 starts at Triple-A Durham. However, he also struck out over a batter per inning at Durham and possesses an intriguing arm. AL-only leaguers could take a gamble on him.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:58:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 10:31:00 AM

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.
Mon, May 12, 2014 11:29:00 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.
Wed, May 7, 2014 08:26:00 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.
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:26:00 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.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 09:52:00 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.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 01:35:00 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.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 04:21:00 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.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Alexi Casilla
4Ryan Brett
5Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Corey Brown
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8Ronald Belisario
9Steve Geltz
10Brandon Gomes
11Everett Teaford
12Burch Smith
13C.J. Riefenhauser
14Jim Miller