December 15, 2019

Washington Nationals 2013 Season Preview: The Starters

by Dave Nichols and Alyssa Wolice

This week, District Sports Page will take a look at the players that should comprise the 2013 roster of the Washington Nationals. Following a record-setting season last year that saw the Nats finish first in the N.L. East and advance to the playoffs for the first time since the relocation, GM Mike Rizzo has tweaked the roster a bit and expectations have never been higher for the organization, which is expected to be a legitimate World Series contender this season.

Today, we evaluate the Nats’ candidates at starting pitcher. As they prepare to report for Spring Training, the Nats will look to lay the Strasburg Shutdown debate to rest once and for all in the months ahead. The team – which ranked first in ERA and third in strikeouts in the National League in 2012 — boasts a talented Top 5 that can match any on baseball, But injury — or suspension — could put them in a precarious position due to the lack of top-end options in the minor leagues. [Read more…]

NATS: 2013 NatsFest Details

Washington Nationals fans should check the website for updated information as all player appearances and activities are subject to change.

Ryan Zimmerman and fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman and fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo answering fan questions at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo answering fan questions at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

WASHINGTON NATIONALS ANNOUNCE 2013 NATSFEST DETAILS

Event to take place Saturday, January 26 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at
Washington Convention Center

The Washington Nationals today released new details about 2013 NatsFest, taking place for the first time at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

More than 25 Nationals players and prospects are expected to attend the fun-filled baseball festival, including but not limited to*: Corey Brown, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Nathan Karns, Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Michael Morse, Ryan Perry, Anthony Rendon, Will Rhymes, Matt Skole, Drew Storen, Kurt Suzuki, Chad Tracy, Jayson Werth and Jordan Zimmermann.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner, one of the team’s Principal Owners, as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Phil Wood will also be in attendance. In addition, Nationals fans will have the first opportunity to meet two of the team’s latest additions, Dan Haren and Denard Span. Please note that all autograph vouchers are SOLD OUT; autograph voucher holders are encouraged to visit nationals.com/natsfest for important information.

Open to fans of all ages from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., NatsFest will offer a variety of activities including:
o Q & A sessions with players and coaches on topics including ‘Preparing for Games’ and ‘Life on the Road’

o Opportunities to take photos with players and team mascots

o A special Jr. Nats Kids Forum featuring Player Story Times and Kids Press Conferences

o The chance to learn about the team’s innovative virtual ticketing system

o Games, interactive events and surprises

The event will also feature:
o Live broadcast by 106.7 The Fan, the team’s official flagship radio station

o Opportunities to purchase the latest Nationals merchandise as well as game-used and autographed memorabilia

o Batting cages, inflatable games and 2012 trophy display

o D.J. Stylus Chris spinning music throughout the day

o Concessions for purchase

NatsFest will also offer fans the first opportunity to purchase individual and group tickets to see the Nationals take on the New York Yankees in a special preseason exhibition game on Friday, March 29 at 2:05 p.m. Tickets for NatsFest are currently on sale for Season Plan Holders at $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, and for the general public at $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12 and can be purchased at nationals.com/natsfest.

Fans planning to utilize Metro’s Red Line to attend NatsFest are encouraged to add at least 20 minutes to their planned travel time due to scheduled weekend track maintenance. For directions and parking, visit the Convention Center website at www.dcconvention.com.

*All player appearances are subject to change

NATS/P-NATS: Skole, Karns and Meyer Nominated for 2012 MiLBY Awards

Congratulations to Matt Skole, Nathan Karns and Alex Meyer. Fans can vote online up to 25 times until October 22.

Alex Meyer – Winston-Salem Dash v. Potomac Nationals, 8/12/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals minor league players of the year Matt Skole and Nathan Karns live on scoreboard with Clint before 3rd inning – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 9/7/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

P-NATS TRIO NOMINATED FOR 2012 MiLBY AWARDS
Skole up for “Offensive Player of the Year”; Karns and Meyer for “Starting Pitcher of the Year”

Woodbridge, VA— The Potomac Nationals are proud to announce a trio of nominations for the 2012 MiLBY Awards. P-Nats finalists include slugger Matt Skole, proposed for “Offensive Player of the Year,” as well as right-handed hurlers, Nathan Karns and Alex Meyer, nominated in the same category for “Starting Pitcher of the Year.”

The 8th Annual MiLBY Awards, hosted by MiLB.com, allow fans to cast their ballot for the best players, performances, plays, promotions, and more from the 2012 season. Twelve nominees have been selected in each award category.

The official categories for the MiLBY accolades include: Play, Moment, Home Run, Offensive Player, Starting Pitcher, Relief Pitcher, Breakout Prospect, Game, Team, Promo, and Photo.

Voting has already begun and fans can vote up to 25 times per email address through October 22nd by heading to MiLB.com. Head online to: http://www.milb.com/news/awards/y2012/index.jsp to visit the MiLBY Awards election headquarters to vote for Matt Skole’s offensive prowess, and to pick either Nathan Karns or Alex Meyer as the best starting pitcher in the Minor League landscape.

3B Matt Skole (5th Round, 2011) tore up the South Atlantic League in 2012 (led circuit with 27 HR and .574 SLG%) and was promoted to the Carolina League on August 14th where he hit .314 in 18 games for the P-Nats, collecting 10 doubles and 12 RBIs. Skole was named the 2012 SAL Most Valuable Player and 2012 Washington Nationals Player of the Year for his career season which featured the third-most four-baggers in MiLB and a .989 total OPS for the campaign.

RHP Nathan Karns (12th Round, 2009) was stellar in 2012, going (11-4) on the year, while posting an organizational-best 2.17 ERA in 24 games and 18 starts between Single-A Hagerstown and Class-A Advanced Potomac. Karns fanned the most batters in the organization (148 strikeouts) and collected the 2nd most wins among Nationals farmhands. Karns was honored as the Washington Nationals Pitcher of the Year.

RHP Alex Meyer (1st Round, No. 23 Overall, 2011) began the season as the Washington Nationals’ 6th best prospect per Baseball America and did not disappoint. Meyer dominated across both class-A levels, going (10-6) with a 2.86 ERA in 25 starts, while striking out 139 hitters in 129.0 IP. During his tenure as a member of the P-Nats pitching arsenal, Meyer surrendered just one earned run or less in six of his seven outings after being selected to pitch in the prestigious prospect showcase, the MLB Futures Game during the MLB All-Star Game festivities at Kauffman Stadium.

The Potomac Nationals are the Class-A Advanced Minor League Affiliate of the Washington Nationals. For season tickets or corporate sponsorship inquiries call 703-590-2311 or visit www.potomacnationals.com.

Photo Courtesy of Potomac Nationals

Washington Nationals Honor Top Minor Leaguers Matt Skole and Nathan Karns

Former Hagerstown Suns third baseman Matt Skole and right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns were named the 2012 Washington Nationals Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Washington Nationals minor leaguers Matt Skole and Nathan Karns were 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.

Skole and Karns had a full day at Nats Park. The pair were interviewed by media and were part of the MASN pre-game show.

Skole and Karns were also interviewed live on the scoreboard by Clint before third inning. Skole and Karns both tweeted about being in DC and enjoying their time here. Skole even tweeted during the game, “What a great night at Nationals park. Very honored to be a part of this organization.” They seem like two great character guys as well as players, which is exactly Mike Rizzo’s style.

Nationals minor league players of the year Matt Skole and Nathan Karns live on scoreboard with Clint before 3rd inning – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 9/7/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Skole, 23, was also voted the South Atlantic League’s (SAL) Most Valuable Player. 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%). 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.

NATS/SUNS: Washington Nationals Name Matt Skole and Nathan Karns as Organizational Players of the Year

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.

Nationals named Matt Skole as the Organizational Player of the Year – Chicago Cubs v. Washington Nationals, 9/3/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Taylor and Karns Named Carolina League Players of the Week


Taylor, Karns Named Carolina League Players of the Week
P-Nats Sweep Player of the Week Awards for July 16-22

(WOODBRIDGE, VA) – The Carolina League has announced that OF Michael Taylor and RHP Nathan Karns have been named Players of the Week for the week of July 16th to 22nd. It’s the first week Potomac has swept the awards.

Taylor earns his first Hitter of the Week award in his professional baseball career batting .483 (14-for-29) over seven games. Of those 14 hits, eight of them came in consecutive plate appearances over the weekend against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Taylor also hit his first three home runs of the season including a grand slam, the first by a P-Nat in 2012. For the week, Taylor scored 13 times and drove in eight runs while slugging .931.

Taylor, 21, is hitting .245 on the year and his third in the Carolina League with 29 doubles. The speedy centerfielder also shares the team lead with 44 runs and ranks in a tie for third with 15 stolen bases through 100 games.

For Karns, 24, this is the second time this season that he has earned the award for Pitcher of the Week. He shut down the Lynchburg Hillcats last Monday firing six scoreless innings yielding only a single and two walks for the win. Karns’ second start of the week was even better as he threw six hitless innings on Saturday against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans with the only runner reaching base on an error. In that game, Potomac was two outs shy of throwing a no-hitter. For his two starts, Karns was 2-0 tossing 12 scoreless innings surrendering only one hit and striking out eight batters.

In his first full season of professional baseball, Karns is locking down the Carolina League. His 1.88 ERA and 0.82 WHIP would be tops in the league if he had the necessary amount of innings to qualify. Karns is 6-0 in his last seven starts and has not lost a decision since June 9th.

The Potomac Nationals are celebrating their 35th Anniversary of professional baseball and family fun, for all your ticket needs please call the box office at 703-590-2311 or visit www.potomacnationals.com.

NATS/P-NATS: Nathan Karns Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week

Nathan Karns Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week
Karns Becomes First P-Nat to Win Weekly Award

(WOODBRIDGE, VA) – The Carolina League has named Potomac righty Nathan Karns the Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 11th to 17th. Karns won the award by tossing six and two-thirds scoreless innings striking out ten batters on Friday, June 15th at Myrtle Beach.

Karns, 24, was dominant in a 3-0 win for the Nationals on Friday night against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in South Carolina. He struck out ten batters allowing just two walks and four hits earning his first Carolina League win. This is the first pitcher of the week award in the career of Karns. Also, he becomes the first Potomac player to earn a player of the week award in 2012.

A 12th Round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Texas Tech, Karns missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury. He didn’t make his pro debut until June of 2011 and this is his full first year of professional baseball. He started the year going 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 44 1/3 innings with Hagerstown (A – South Atlantic League) striking out 61 batters. With Potomac, Karns is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA over three starts he’s tossed 13 innings striking out 19 batters. He has allowed just one homer over 57 1/3 innings this season over two levels.

The Texas native is scheduled to make his next start at 1:05 on Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

The Nationals return to action after the All-Star Break on Thursday against the Winston-Salem Dash at 7:05 in Woodbridge. The Potomac Nationals are celebrating their 35th Anniversary of professional baseball and family fun, for all your ticket needs please call the box office at 703-590-2311 or visit www.potomacnationals.com.

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