Skole hit .292 with 28 doubles, one triple, 27 homers, 104 RBIs, and 83 runs scored in 118 games for Class A Hagerstown. His 27 home runs led the South Atlantic League, were most among Nationals Minor Leaguers, and good for third in all of Class A. The 23-year-old had a .989 OPS during the 2012 campaign, including a South Atlantic League-leading 1.013 OPS in just 101 games for Hagerstown.
Skole hit home runs in three consecutive games from Aug. 1-3, including a walk-off grand slam on Aug. 3 vs. Lexington. He proved to be the South Atlantic League's most prolific hitter during the 2012 season, averaging one home run every 12.70 at-bats. Last week, the South Atlantic League named Skole its Most Valuable Player in addition to his selection as both a midseason and postseason All-Star.
A native of Woodstock, Ga., Skole was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech.
Karns went 11-4 on the year, posting an organization-best 2.17 ERA (28 earned runs in 116 innings) in 24 games (18 starts) for Hagerstown and Class A Potomac. The 6-foot-5 righty began the season with Hagerstown, going 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 11 games (five starts) before being promoted to Potomac in early June. For the Potomac Nationals, Karns went 8-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 13 starts. He struck out an organization-best 148 batters, and his 11 wins were good for second among Nationals Minor Leaguers.
In nine starts from June 15 to Aug. 2, Karns went 8-0 with an 0.94 ERA in 57 1/3 innings, with 65 strikeouts against just 14 walks.
A native of Arlington, Texas, Karns was selected in the 12th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.
Skole and Karns will be honored for their 2012 accomplishments during an on-field ceremony prior to Friday's 7:05 p.m. ET contest against Miami.