Nick Ahmed
Nick Ahmed
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ahmed was finally able to stay healthy in 2018, playing in a career-high 153 games after making just 143 appearances from 2016-17. The 28-year-old enjoyed a career year after breaking camp as Arizona's starting shortstop. He lived up to his billing as an elite defender, tying Andrelton Simmons for the most defensive runs saved (21) at the position en route to winning his first Gold Glove. Ahmed wasn’t as successful on offense, however, finishing 16% worse than league average at the dish. His .234/.290/.411 line was a step down across the board from his 2017 triple-slash, though he did manage to set new personal bests with 16 homers, 54 extra-base hits, 70 RBI and 61 runs. Ahmed’s glove should keep him from falling into a platoon despite his career .596 OPS against same-handed pitching, and his improved power production, which he credits to a change in approach, should keep him relevant as a middle-infield option in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Goes 2-for-4
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 24, 2019
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs in an 11-2 victory against the Pirates on Wednesday.
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The veteran shortstop was hitting just .167 in the five games prior to Wednesday, and he didn't have a single extra-base hit during that stretch. A strong start to the year, though, has kept Ahmed's numbers at more than respectable levels. He doesn't walk much and the lack of homers has capped his slugging percentage, but Ahmed is slashing .269/.300/.409 with nine extra-base hits, 11 RBI, 18 runs and two steals this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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14
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+100%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+90%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .863 274 36 11 37 3 .301 .339 .523
Since 2017vs Right .628 568 67 13 65 7 .213 .270 .358
2019vs Left 1.092 29 6 1 5 1 .429 .414 .679
2019vs Right .546 71 12 1 6 1 .200 .254 .292
2018vs Left .769 192 21 8 25 0 .256 .297 .472
2018vs Right .664 372 40 8 45 5 .223 .286 .378
2017vs Left 1.078 53 9 2 7 2 .396 .453 .625
2017vs Right .568 125 15 4 14 1 .193 .232 .336
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .704 414 56 11 52 6 .241 .291 .414
Since 2017Away .706 428 47 13 50 4 .244 .294 .411
2019Home .824 34 8 1 3 0 .324 .324 .500
2019Away .644 66 10 1 8 2 .237 .288 .356
2018Home .701 287 34 7 41 4 .235 .294 .408
2018Away .699 277 27 9 29 1 .234 .285 .414
2017Home .667 93 14 3 8 2 .227 .269 .398
2017Away .772 85 10 3 13 1 .278 .329 .443
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How does Nick Ahmed compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
5.0%
 
K Rate
23.0%
 
BABIP
.329
 
ISO
.140
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.300
 
SLG
.409
 
OPS
.709
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ahmed suffered a hand injury in June that cost him most of the second half, and while playing in rehab games at Triple-A in the final stages of his recovery, he was hit in the wrist by a pitch, which caused a fracture that ended his season. Heralded as a good defender, Ahmed can play anywhere in the infield as needed, which gives him value to the D-backs as a late-inning sub off the bench, and as an occasional spot starters against left-handed pitching. He took a small step forward as a hitter last season, putting together the best slash line of his four seasons in Arizona (.251/.298/.419). Given the uncertainty about his playing time, and the limitations he has shown as a hitter, Ahmed is likely limited to middle-infield filler status in NL-only formats. It's expected that he'll begin spring training completely healthy after undergoing surgery to repair the fractured wrist in early September.
Ahmed has the look of one of those players who is much more valuable in real baseball than fantasy baseball. That's because fantasy baseball generally doesn't evaluate defense, which is where Ahmed really shines. At the plate, he's been nothing special in his three MLB seasons. He's a career .221 hitter who doesn't hit for much power or steal many bases. Working in Ahmed's favor is the fact that the Diamondbacks seem to value his glove enough to keep him in the lineup most days when healthy (he was shut down last August following hip surgery), so the volume should be there. But that's about all that can be said for Ahmed. Until he displays more life at the plate, he's really not someone worth owning. There are better hitting middle-infield options out there.
In his first full season in the majors, Ahmed was great in the field but subpar at the plate. The 25-year-old shortstop batted just .226, with an anemic .275 on-base percentage. Ahmed added nine home runs and four stolen bases, though he was also caught stealing five times. Defense doesn’t matter much in fantasy, so the hope is that Ahmed can progress offensively in 2016. He started slowly in 2015, but showed signs of life toward the end of the season, collecting hits in 15 of his last 50 plate appearances before being shut down due to a back injury. After the Diamondbacks acquired Jean Segura it was thought Ahmed might lose out on most of his playing time, but it sounds like they value his glove enough to move Segura to second base occasionally. Still, even if Segura wasn't in the picture, Ahmed would be unappealing. The onus will be on him to improve at the plate in 2016 before fantasy owners should feel compelled to invest.
Ahmed spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Reno, shuttling between second base and shortstop as part of the Diamondbacks' excess of middle-infield options. Chris Owings' shoulder injury in June cleared the path for Ahmed's big league debut, but he didn't hit enough to remain on the roster for the entire second half. In terms of tools, Ahmed projects as a steady contact hitter with very limited power. Defensively, he has the range and versatility to be an average or better option around the infield. The sum of those parts yields a regular destined to hit in the bottom third of the order failing the development of an elite eye at the plate (8.2% BB% at Triple-A in 2014), but Ahmed may prove capable stealing 15-20 bases annually provided that he doesn't occupy a place hitting directly in front of a pitcher. It would hardly be surprising to see him stick around in a utility role in 2015, as Ahmed has very little to gain by spending additional time in the Pacific Coast League.
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Getting day off
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 2019
Ahmed is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
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Cracks sixth double
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 14, 2019
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Padres.
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Goes yard for first time in 2019
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 10, 2019
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Rangers.
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Bangs out three hits
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 6, 2019
Ahmed went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored in Friday's 15-8 win over the Red Sox.
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Knocks in two
SSArizona Diamondbacks
April 1, 2019
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Dodgers.
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