April 21, 2021

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.

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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