Potomac Nationals right-hander Nathan Karns is on the best streak of his career, pitching somewhat under the radar as his team looks to gain momentum in the second half of the season.
Karns has posted three consecutive double-digit strikeout performances in three straight victories, two on the road, dating to June 15.
During this amazing run, the numbers are close to astounding: 32 strikeouts in three starts over 21 2/3 innings. He allowed just nine hits and two runs with only six walks in those three starts.
He has gone 6-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 16 games and 10 starts between Single-A Hagerstown and Potomac. His record boasts 102 strikeouts and 34 walks, allowing just one home run over 72 1/3 innings.
Karns looks the part. He stands 6-foot-5, 230 lbs., and alongside Alex Meyer, arguably has the best stuff right now throughout the franchise's minor leagues.
According to team sources, Karns is hitting 93 to 95 mph and touching 96 mph with his fastball. He also features a tremendous power curve, which comes in at 83 to 84 mph.
It certainly is exciting to see what Meyer and Karns are doing and to watch to see if Karns will get a taste of Double-A Harrisburg and Arizona Fall League in the next six months.