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Nate Karns – RHP
The 28-year-old had a rough start to his week, as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits through 4 innings of work in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. However, Nate Karns rebounded in a big way on Friday against the Texas Rangers. He earned his first win of the spring, pitching 4.2 innings of 1-run ball with 7 strikeouts. Karns’ performance against the Rangers was one of the strongest of any M’s hurler this spring.
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Overall, Karns has registered a 3.29 ERA through his first 4 Cactus League outings. His 8:5 strikeout to walk ratio and 1.32 WHIP leave something to be desired, but he is getting the job done right now. Hopefully Karns is able to build on his start against the Rangers during the final two weeks of spring training.
Karns was very effective for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 during his first full season in the big leagues. He went 7-5 and posted a 3.67 ERA through 27 appearances. Karns struck out 8.9 batters per 9 innings, and issued 3.4 walks per 9 innings. He struggled at times to keep the ball in the yard, but that should change now that he calls Safeco Field home.
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