Nick Ahmed
Nick Ahmed
30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Arizona Diamondbacks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Defense may not "count" in fantasy baseball, but it is tied closely to playing time, and in Ahmed's case, his stellar defense afforded his bat a lot of time to come along. Ahmed's bat will never be as good as his glove, but he has made significant strides over the last two years after at one point looking like a lost cause at the plate, with wRC+ marks ranging from 34-76 over his first four MLB seasons (100 is average). Ahmed has trimmed his chase rate by a whopping 10 percentage points since 2017 while still swinging at roughly half of the pitches he sees and swinging at even more pitches in the zone. He's lifted his walk rate from 5.6% to 8.3% since 2017 while nearly tripling his barrel rate (to 6.6% in 2019). The steals aren't really bankable as he enters his 30s and it's not a star profile, but his offensive improvements are real and his defense should assure the volume is there again in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $32.5 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks in February of 2020.
Launches first spring homer
SSArizona Diamondbacks
March 7, 2020
Ahmed went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's spring game against the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Ahmed, who hit a career-high 19 home runs in 2019, cranked out his first spring home run. The Diamondbacks made the soon-to-be 30-year-old shortstop a wealthier man during the offseason, inking Ahmed to a four-year extension. It's a payday earned by his improvements at the plate. All the advanced metrics (wRC+, contact rates, plate discipline, hard-hit percentage, barrels, etc.) indicate the improved bat is for real.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
106
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
7
35
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+36%
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 .875 404 56 16 56 3 .295 .349 .526
Since 2017vs Right .663 963 108 25 117 13 .224 .283 .380
2019vs Left .938 159 26 6 24 1 .312 .377 .560
2019vs Right .690 466 53 13 58 7 .234 .295 .395
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
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .706 690 86 18 84 10 .235 .301 .405
Since 2017Away .746 677 78 23 89 6 .256 .304 .442
2019Home .722 310 38 8 35 4 .238 .317 .405
2019Away .781 315 41 11 47 4 .268 .314 .467
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
18.1%
 
BABIP
.280
 
ISO
.183
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.316
 
SLG
.437
 
OPS
.753
 
wOBA
.326
 
Exit Velocity
87.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Signs four-year extension
SSArizona Diamondbacks
February 10, 2020
Ahmed agreed to a four-year extension with Arizona on Monday.
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Positioning for payday
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 29, 2019
Ahmed will enter the offseason with a particular focus on being more consistent at the plate, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Homers in loss
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 24, 2019
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 9-7 loss to the Cardinals.
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Returns to lineup
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 20, 2019
Ahmed (finger) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
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Remains out Wednesday
SSArizona Diamondbacks
Finger
September 18, 2019
Ahmed (finger) remains on the bench Wednesday against the Marlins.
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