Mar 6, 2014; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed (75) hits against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their spring training game Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
The Diamondbacks front office has been busy lately and it has continued today. The Snakes made yet another roster move placing SS Chris Owings on the 15 day D.L with a left shoulder strain. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Owings thinks he initially hurt his shoulder when he dove and tried to avoid a tag by Giants catcher Hector Sanchez on June 20th.
He last appeared on Wednesday, going 0 for 3 against the Indians. So far Owings is an early favorite for the N.L Rookie of the Year Award. He is hitting .277 with 15 doubles, 5 triples, 6 homers, and 21 RBI’s in 72 games. Among N.L rookies he ranks in the top five in triples, OPS, games, average, hits, doubles, homers, slugging percentage, RBI, on base percentage, and walks.
Meanwhile because of the Owings injury, that means the Dbacks need another SS up to go along with Didi, and that means the Nick Ahmed era has began. Ahmed is 24 years old and will wear no.13 for the Snakes in his first Major League stint.
He will make his debut today against the Padres batting 8th and playing SS. Coming into the season he was ranked as the no.11 prospect, and he possess the best infield arm in the Arizona system. Ahmed has been tearing it up at Triple A. He was in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak in which he hit .362 with 6 doubles and 8 driven in. In 79 games this season he is hitting .324.
Ahmed was acquired in the Justin Upton trade that sent Upton, and Chris Johnson to the Braves, and Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Zeke Spruill, and infielder Brandon Drury to the Dbacks. Along with those two moves, the Dbacks also moved Eric Chavez to the 60 day D.L. If Ahmed plays really well, the Snakes shouldn’t keep three major league ready SS’s and so you could see Didi Gregorius on the trade market with the Snakes being sellers at the deadline. However Towers has noted in the past that he will be reluctant to move young controllable players such as Didi.