Max Karnos of Anchorage headed to Western Nevada

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 20, 2013

Max Karnos these days watches the College World Series, hoping one day he can be one of the baseball players he watches on TV.

The 17-year-old pitcher from Anchorage is on his way after signing with Western Nevada College, a top-level JC with the reputation for churning out top prospects.

“They are very successful getting players to the next level,” Karnos said. “My dream is to go to a big D1 school and play there two years and get drafted.”

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty is considered by many to be one of the best pitchers in Alaska. He was named Cook Inlet Conference MVP and helped South High win the state championship.

In the regular season the Wolverines wonder had a 0.33 ERA with 35 Ks in 20 innings, including 17 in one game. Then at the state tournament he threw a 3-hit shutout with 12 Ks.

“There is a lot of potential in Alaska baseball players,” Karnos said.

Western Nevada College coaches should know. They helped develop Juneau’s Dylan Baker into a JC All-American and 2012 MLB draft pick of the Cleveland Indians. 

Karnos hopes to follow the same path.

“I talked with the coaches and liked their thoughts of what they were going to do with me,” Karnos said. “They believe they can make me a top prospect in a couple years. I believe in them.”

The tall teenager has a four-pitch arsenal [two-seam fastball, four-season fastball, changeup and curveball] and throws in the upper 80s. However, last week while in the Lower 48 with a travel team, Karnos said he pumped it up to 91 mph.

His go-to pitch is his two-seam fastball, which breaks into right-handed batters and often breaks the handle of bats.

“It’s always a great feeling when you break a bat,” Karnos said. “You know you had the right pitch there.”