The Arizona Diamondbacks have tremendous depth in middle infielders throughout their organization. One of the reasons for this surplus is Nick Ahmed, a shortstop who came over to the Snakes in the deal that sent Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves. D’backs’ General Manager Kevin Towers believes that there can be no shortage of players at second base and shortstop and his insistence on including Ahmed in the deal when the club already had Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius in the system bears that out.
Drafted in the second round by the Braves in 2011, the 23 year old Ahmed has a reputation of being excellent with the glove and a work in progress at the plate. There is no question that the glove is Major League ready. Ahmed won the Gold Glove at shortstop for Double A Mobile in 2011. He has a gun for an arm, bolstered by the fact that he pitched in high school to the tune of a 21-3 career record. While the numbers indicate that there is some work to do while batting, Ahmed does possess skills to help his team offensively. In three Minor League seasons he has stolen 84 bases. While his on base percentage dipped below .300 in 2013, it was .346 and .337 the prior two seasons. Ahmed has spent the last two seasons honing his skills in the Arizona Fall League.
Barring a trade, it is expected that Gregorius and Owings will battle it out for the starting position at short this Spring. Ahmed will most likely start 2014 at Triple A Reno and at the very least provides the D’backs with outstanding depth. Ahmed will most likely make his Major League debut in 2015 either in Arizona or somewhere else.