Nate Karns, Pitcher, Kansas City Royals
Date of Birth: 11/25/1987
Birthplace: Franklin, Pennsylvania
College: Texas Tech University
Nate Karns, pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, was first drafted in 2006 by the Houston Astros but he opted instead to play for Texas Tech University. When the Washington Nationals drafted him in 2009, he signed with them. He stayed with the Nationals until February, 2014, when they traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Karns had shoulder surgery in 2010 and he didn't start playing in the minor leagues until 2011. In 87 games in the minors from 2011 through 2014, he pitched 449.1 innings and he had a 33-21 win-loss record, a 3.45 ERA, and 515 strikeouts to 190 walks.
Karns pitched in three games with the Nationals in 2013 and in two games with the Rays in 2014. In 2015, his first full season in the major leagues, he pitched 147.0 innings in 27 games. He finished the season with a 7-5 record, 145 strikeouts to 56 walks, and a 3.67 ERA. On July 21st, he hit his first major league home run. It was the only run in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Karns was traded to the Seattle Mariners on November 5, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with a 5.15 ERA, 6 wins to 2 losses, and 101 strikeouts to 45 walks in 94.1 innings in 15 games as a starter and 7 games as a reliever.
Karns was traded to the Royals on January 6, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Karns through 2016 include:
- 54 games played
- 265.1 innings pitched
- 14-9 win-loss record
- 270 strikeouts to 111 walks
- 4.41 ERA