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Diamondbacks Interested In Rays Starter Nate Karns

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According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Arizona Diamondbacks along with a handful of other clubs are interested in Rays starter Nate Karns.

Cotillo did tweet that the Rays according to his source have no urgency to move him, but according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rays are listening to offers.

Most Diamondbacks fans probably have never heard of Karns, but unlike Hamels, he actually fits the profile of the type of player the Dbacks have said they were looking for.

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The 27 year old 6ft 3in 225 pound righty out of Texas Tech University was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 2009 amateur draft. He spent 2013 with the Nats before being traded to the Rays in February 2014.

Karns has made 20 starts for the Rays at the major league level going 6-5 with a 3.37 ERA. He has allowed 99 hits in 115.0 innings pitched while striking out 106 and walking 40. The one knock might be that he has given up 12 homers this season.

Karns according to most scouts has great off speed stuff. He has great command of both his curveball and changeup, and his changeup might develop into one of the best pitches in baseball. That is how much that pitch has improved.

Karns changeup has generated 14.6% points of additional whiff rate compared to last season. No pitch by any starter thrown at least 150 times has gained that much whiff. This has helped Karns strikeout 8.3 batters per 9 innings.

He won’t become a free agent till 2021 and isn’t arbitration eligible till 2018. The Dbacks front office could be on to something here.

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