Washington Nationals minor leaguers Matt Skole and Nathan Karns will be honored for their accomplishments throughout the 2012 season during an on-field ceremony at Nationals Park prior to the Washington’s game versus the Miami Marlins on Friday night, September 7, 2012.
Suns Stars Sweep Nationals’ Top Minor League Awards
Nationals name Suns standout 3B Matt Skole organizational Player of the Year, Nathan Karns Pitcher of the Year
Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Suns, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, are proud to announce that former Suns third baseman Matt Skole and right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns have been named the 2012 Washington Nationals Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
Skole, 23, earns the Nationals’ organizational Player of the Year Award less than a week after being voted the South Atlantic League’s (SAL) Most Valuable Player.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound, third baseman was promoted to the Advanced-A Potomac Nationals after serving as one the South Atlantic League’s (SAL) most dynamic offensive threats in 101 games with the Suns. He batted .286 with league-leading totals in home runs (27), walks (94), slugging percentage (.574) and on-base percentage (.438) at the time of his promotion. Skole ranked second in RBIs (92) while leading SAL sluggers by averaging one home run every 12.70 at-bats. His 27 round-trippers are the most by any Nationals minor leaguer this season and third most in all of Single-A baseball.
Skole, selected by the ‘Nats in the fifth-round of the 2011 draft, was named a Northern Division Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star and was also a finalist in the Home Run Derby contest during the SAL’s All-Star festivities in Charleston, SC, in June. In 17 games with Potomac, the Woodstock, Georgia, native is batting .324 (22-68) with 10 doubles and 12 RBIs. Overall, Skole is batting .292 with 28 doubles, 27 home runs and 104 RBIs in 118 games.
Karns, 24, dominated the SAL in his 11 games (5 starts) with the Suns before also earning a promotion to Potomac. The hard-throwing righty went 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA and two saves over 44.1 innings pitched for Hagerstown. The Arlington, Texas, native held SAL hitters to a .148 batting average, conceding just 23 hits, while striking out 61 batters in 155 at-bats (39%).
Since joining Potomac, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound, hurler amassed an 8-4 record to go along with a stingy 2.26 ERA in 13 starts, including one complete game. From June 15th through August 2nd, the Nats’ 12th-round pick in 2009 went 8-0 in nine starts for the P-Nats, en route to his current total of 87 strike outs and 26 walks over 71.2 innings pitched.
Overall, Karns finishes his 2012 campaign with an combined record of 11-4 with organizational-bests in ERA (2.17) and strike outs (148) over 115.2 innings pitched this season.
Skole and Karns will be honored for their accomplishments throughout the 2012 season during an on-field ceremony at Nationals Park prior to the Washington’s game versus the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
The Suns will host the Greensboro Grasshoppers in game one of the Northern Division Championship Series (best-of-three) at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 301-791-6266, or visit www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.