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Sean's one sentence analysis: Hit very well at a small college, but struggled with wooden bats in both his college summer league and his first year in the minors.
Thoughts from the community: "Karlen appears destined for the Indys after a .188/.338/.313 in the GCL as a 23-year-old." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@Nats_Prospects)
Previous analysis and notes:
UTM is certainly ecstatic with Karlen's selection, as he is their first draftee since 1998. He is listed as a 2B on MLB's draft page, but played 3B and OF for the Skyhawks. Karlen hit .297/.365/.513 in 222 at-bats for Tennesse-Martin, adding 19 doubles, 1 triple and 9 home runs. His 19 BB/32 K ratio could use improvement, however, but his base-stealing game is solid already (21/23 SB). Karlen's 2010 season at UTM was fantastic, as he hit .356/.464/.671 with 14 HR and 30 SB. He struggled to a .185/.250/.252 triple slash on his summer wooden bat league team, the New Market (VA) Rebels, so he does have work to do.
Karlen signed with the Nationals on June 16, 2011.