Padres at Diamondbacks: 5 Players to Watch

By Thomas Lynch
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Aug 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) throws to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. The Cardinals won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

4-Nick Ahmed

As much as Goldschmidt has hit Padres’ pitching, the D-backs’ shortstop has been the exact opposite. Ahmed has three hits in 33 at-bats vs. the Friars and if there is one positive, it is that he has struck out only three times. Recently, he has re-discovered his stroke, hitting .286 over his last 15 games with nine hits in his last 23 at-bats. Ahmed has shown some power with 16 doubles, five triples and nine home runs. His glove work remains exceptional and if he can hit just .250 for a full season (he’s at .225 now), he can be a star shortstop for the next ten years.

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