Diamondbacks Reaping Benefits of the Justin Upton Deal

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

Nick Ahmed

With Andrelton Simmons blocking his path in Atlanta, the Braves felt they could part with Ahmed. He first came up to the D-backs on June 29th, 2014 and received 75 plate appearances through the end of the season. When Didi Gregorius was traded to the New York Yankees this Winter, Ahmed was given the shortstop job. The book on him was that he was wizard in the field and a lightweight at the plate. He has certainly lived up to his billing on defense with outstanding range and a strong arm that will make him a fixture at the position for years. Though he is hitting .226 with a .275 on-base percentage, Ahmed has had his hot streaks and with a little pop thrown in. He has a total of 32 extra-base hits with 17 doubles, six triples and nine home runs.

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