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Nate Karns
Birthdate: 11/25/1987 (29 y, 4 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 12, Pick: 1, Overall: 352, Team: Washington Nationals
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Reported: 1/1/2015  Risk: 2  ETA: 2015  Team Rank: NA  Positional Rank: NA  Overall Rank: NA
FastballCurveballChangeupCommandFuture Value
55 / 6050 / 5545 / 50+40 / 4540
RotoWire News: Karns tossed six scoreless innings in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play, conceding four hits and no walks while striking out nine. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Coming off a season in which he pitched nearly 150 innings with a mid-threes ERA and high-but-manageable walk totals, Karns finished 2016 with an ERA over five and the sixth-highest walk rate in the majors. He also bounced between the rotation and the pen, ultimately making just 15 starts and pitching fewer than 100 innings. But it wasn't all bad. He struck out over a batter per inning (both as a starter and as a reliever) and his ERA indicators came in about a run less than his ERA. A .327 batting average on balls in play for a fly ball pitcher and a 69% strand rate will do that to you. Now with Kansas City, Karns will likely pitch in the rotation. Royals starters ranked 27th in wins above replacement in 2016, and the staff gets pretty thin pretty quickly after Danny Duffy. And at least as far as homers go, which is important for a fly ball-heavy pitcher like Karns, Kauffman stadium plays better than Safeco. Additionally, he now also benefits from playing in front of one of the strongest defensive outfields in baseball. If Karns moves to the pen, his strikeout abilities make him a candidate for the next great relief ace. Either way, Karns makes an interesting-if-not-volatile asset in 2016. (Rylan Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Karns has the potential to produce hefty strikeout totals and decent rate stats if he can manage his walks. While a deteriorating fastball in terms of movement, which impacts the efficacy of his change, his curve is still excellent. An improvement to his heater would make me very bullish on him for 2017. Absent that, we're likely in for more of the same.

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