Ahmed is Braves’ latest rising shortstop

PHOENIX — Told that a reporter in from Atlanta was here to interview him, Nick Ahmed looked up for a second, said OK, but didn’t rush to finish a card game the Braves shortstop prospect was playing with a Phoenix Desert Dogs teammate.

He’s young (22), but cool. Can’t seem too enthusiastically eager-to-please, you know?

This was last Saturday morning in Phoenix, heading into the fifth and final week of an Arizona Fall League season in which Ahmed has drawn attention from plenty of major league scouts, who often account for about 10 percent of the 200 or so folks in the seats for a 12:35 p.m. AFL game.

He had two triples in his first two at-bats Wednesday against Surprise and carried a .288 average, .361 on-base percentage and seven extra-base hits (one homer) in 73 at-bats before Thursday’s season finale. Ahmed had 10 RBIs and five stolen bases in 19 games, and 11 strikeouts gave him one of the lowest K rates in the league.

“He’s come out here and opened some eyes, with this [Desert Dogs] staff as well as the other staffs throughout the league,” said Phoenix manager Aaron Holbert, also the Braves’ manager at Double-A Mississippi, Ahmed’s likely next stop. “He’s played an amazing shortstop — definitely one of the top shortstops in this fall league. And he started off just on fire swinging the bat.”

Braves general manager Frank Wren said, “If we didn’t have [shortstop Andrelton] Simmons I think people would be raving about Nick Ahmed, because he’s that good.”

Ahmed didn’t seem surprised by how well he fared against some of baseball’s top prospects in the fall league, despite having no experience above high Class-A. A second-round draft pick in 2010 out of the University of Connecticut, Ahmed says he did what he’s always done.

“I know I can play and I know that once I get the opportunity to be out there, people are going to like how I play,” he said, and looks you in the eye as he says it. “I mean, I go out there and I play hard and try to improve every single day, and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve gotten a lot better out here, I’ve learned a lot about myself and things have gone pretty well so far.”

In 130 games at high-A Lynchburg in 2012, Ahmed hit .269 with 46 extra-base hits (four triples, six homers), 84 runs and 40 stolen bases in 50 attempts. Not only can the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Massachusetts native run well, he works hard on his base-stealing technique and recognizing pitchers’ tendencies.

The AFL season began Oct. 9 and Ahmed went 14-for-40 (.350) in October despite not playing every day. The way the fall league is set up, six AFL teams are each assigned prospects from a handful of major league organizations, which draft “priority” slots.

Because the priority shortstop slot for the Desert Dogs went to Tampa Bay, Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee got a lot of starts at the position (he hit .256 with a .623 OPS before Thursday). But Holbert worked to get Ahmed in games, including a couple as a designated hitter and plenty of starts at shortstop.

“He’s tapered off a little bit, but continues to do enough to stay sane,” Holbert said after Ahmed’s 3-for-23 stretch to begin November. “If we had some more time here I’m quite sure he could easily finish over the .300 mark.”

Ahmed, two semesters shy a degree from Connecticut, was teammates there with Rangers third-base prospect Mike Olt, who played in the AFL in 2011 and told his pal what to expect. It went as Olt said.

“It’s been awesome,” said Ahmed, who has a compact swing that generates pretty good power and a lot of line drives. “You get to play with the best guys in all of minor league baseball, and some who have big league time….

“I wasn’t sure how I would stack up. I knew I can play, but now coming here I know that as long as I continue to improve I can play with anyone.”

Ahmed snapped out of that funk with a pair of two-hit outings in a three-game stretch this week, putting the finishing touches on a performance that should be followed by his inclusion in Braves top-10 prospects lists. He wasn’t ranked last winter, when he had only a half-season of rookie ball under his belt and two shortstops ahead of him, Tyler Pastornicky and phenom Simmons.

Pastornicky was the Braves’ opening-day starter but struggled and was soon replaced by the Simmons, who excelled in all facets at the major league level. Simmons now seems entrenched.

Where does that leave Ahmed, who’s only six months younger than Simmons? The Braves have discussed moving Ahmed to second base, which might seem almost a waste of his strong arm and range. But if he’s going to play in Atlanta, he’ll presumably need another position as long as Simmons stays healthy.

“He has good range to both sides, to his glove side as well as his backhand,” Holbert said of Ahmed. “And he knows his runners, does a good job setting his feet and has a very powerful arm and shows it off when needed. Accurate arm as well.”

Ahmed knows there is another possibility: His trade value has grown.

“Obviously that’s the goal, to get up [to the majors] as soon as possible,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s a little bit out of your hands. I know that if I continue to improve and continue to play well, that will kind of put pressure on them to make me move up, and hopefully there’s an opportunity to help them succeed at the big-league level, show what I can do.

“Whether it’s play shortstop, whether it’s play second base – I’m not sure what their plans are for me. But hopefully I’ll get up there soon, whether it’s with the Braves or someone else.”

He’ll do whatever the Braves need, but admits the preference is shortstop.

“That’s the position I’d like to stay at,” he said. “I feel like I’m a pretty good shortstop and continue to improve, and go out there and make all the plays. And I feel like I would be almost selling myself short if I moved to a new position.”

84 comments Add your comment

John Adcox

November 15th, 2012
11:33 am

Another reason to make the drive way out to Gwinnett when he gets promoted… I’ll buy tickets to see him play.

chipl1960

November 15th, 2012
11:36 am

First. Just another trade piece in this jumbled mess of the 2012 off season

chipl1960

November 15th, 2012
11:37 am

oh well. second. Give us some hope Frank.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
11:46 am

It seems like he would have the skill set to convert to centerfield and / or left field. He is obviously fast and has a very strong arm. If he could get his batting average to around .280 to .300 the only question would be does he make a good break on the hit ball in the outfield (we are being told that he does in the infield) and does he take the optimum route to the ball.
Second basemen can be found. The Braves are finding out that quality outfielders are more difficult to find. His hitting power is probably not developed enough for left field.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
11:56 am

My focus for the Braves outfield is to establish it as the best defensive outfield in the Leaugue. Last year I do not believe that there was a better defensive outfield in the league. That is one reason I would continue to play Prado in left field and find a very good defender in centerfield.
Without steroids, baseball is coming back to value defense, speed on the base path, starting and relief pitching, batting average and on base percentage.
I would get my homeruns from 3rd base, 1st base and one or a combination of two outfielders. I would still value good defense and on base percentage over power in the outfield. There are guys, like Heyward or the Marlins Stanton that can fill a power outfielder role and still provide very good defense.
To me homeruns are too iffy. Say a guy hits 35 home runs per year. How many of them are actually meaningful?

Mitchie-sand

November 15th, 2012
11:59 am

Hey DOB, you have double paragraphs, bud.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
12:00 pm

What would a left field of Ichiro and a good right handed batter that also plays good defense look like for the Braves.
Ichiro would then be available if Heyward was injured. But otherwise could be used against right hand pitching (the majority of games played) as well as pinch hit, pinch run and be put in for defense in the later innings.
This is if the Braves decide that prado needs to be the everyday 3rd baseman (it seems that way)

Virginia Brave Fan

November 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

We don’t want Ichiro. We want Justin Upton and Span, with Prado at third.

Joe Torre

November 15th, 2012
12:16 pm

Start getting him reps at 3rd base ASAP

Brave New World

November 15th, 2012
12:18 pm

And to think Ahmed was ready to give up baseball until Walter Mathau reminded him of all those errors Hank Aaron made as a young infielder.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

After looking around (if the Braves cannot secure Upton) what about a combination of Ichiro and Gomes for left field. Then trade for either Span or Revere. Gomes has decent power and a decent OBP. He should not cost too much and if we gave both of them two year deals it allows for Gattis / Cunningham / Ahmed etc.. two more years to develope.

O'Ventbrel

November 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

Jmart, I doubt Prado will be playing any LF next year. Viable 3rd base options are nearly non-existent for this offseason. I would guess Wren pushes hard for B.J. Upton and then trades a couple pieces for a good LF. Even if he can’t get Upton and signs another outfield free agent, Prado at 3rd just makes things easier. Just my two cents.

Spider29

November 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

DOB, with his good arm, would the Braves consider moving him to third? Pastornicky could then back up all three infield positions. (I realize this would be a couple of years down the road and so much can happen between now and then.)

nolakid21

November 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

Braves biggest target this off season is BJ Upton. Philly will be after him too so it is going to come down to money. Also just signed Gerald Laird to a 2 yr contract. Solid enough backup that should come pretty cheap.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
12:45 pm

O’Ventbrel
I am OK with Prado at third but am not a big Upton fan. As stated above, I prefer a combo of Ichiro and Gomes for left field. It strengthens the bench, provides good speed and gives the Braves time to develop home grown outfielders. Combined I doubt they cost as much per season as Upton and less years are committed. This gives the Braves more financial flexibility for extending Heyward, Freeman and a number of their pitchers. Combined for the next two years I believe Gomes and Ichiro would be a better value than Upton will be.

O'Ventbrel

November 15th, 2012
12:58 pm

Then again, for those of you that don’t care for BJ Upton, there’s a good chance the Braves get outbid by the likes of the Phillies. In that case, there are cheaper yet solid options like Denard Span to consider via trade. At the end of the day, BJ Upton might not be worth what the Phillies would offer him.

MikeY

November 15th, 2012
12:58 pm

Jmart, I like the idea of signing Gomes as a platoon partner or 4th OF. He rakes vs. LHP. Ichiro will be 40 next year, I would prefer to sign a younger player.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
1:00 pm

The only part about moving Prado to 3rd (foregone conclusion) is that it stymies Francisco’s development. Francisco has a world of as yet untapped talent. If he follows his offseason instructions and works himself into good shape and then works with our hitting instructors on his swing, especially against left handers, he could become a very valuable resource to the Braves but be a man without a position to play in Atlanta. I can see him as a .275 hitter with 30 home runs and 95 rbi while playing an adequate 3rd base.

jmart1951

November 15th, 2012
1:05 pm

Mike Y
I believe that Ichiro had 29 steals last year. He maintains terrific conditioning and plays with dogged determination. I believe that he is also a clutch hitter and fearless against the games best pitchers.
Ordinarily I would not recommend a 39 year old for a two year contract but Ichiro is special. he played 162 games last year, if my memory is correct. Our younger players could learn much from watching Ichiro and how he goes about his business.

Ozzie

November 15th, 2012
1:06 pm

Great article for Wren. He now has something to aim at AZ in terms of a trade piece. Hanson, Ahmed, Julio T, Gilmartin for Justin Uption. It will likely take another piece to pull off since Hanson is a ?mark.

Ozzie

November 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

Great article for Wren. He now has something to aim at AZ in terms of a trade piece. Hanson, Ahmed, Juan Francisco, Julio T or Gilmartin for Justin Uption.

Ozzie

November 15th, 2012
1:08 pm

Sorry browser jam.

Bob the Blogger

November 15th, 2012
1:15 pm

With Ahmed’s stock quickly rising, and Simmons entrenched at SS, it might be a good time to get Pastornicky some playing time in LF and CF. His speed would play well there, and the projection is that he will hit. He could be a long time CF solution.

bvillebaron

November 15th, 2012
1:31 pm

According to the self-proclaimed expert, Keith Law, Ahmed doesn’t have the ability to even be a good regular shortstop in the bigs. Then again I assume that Law still thinks Eric Hosmer is a better player than Freddie Freeman.

ALJ

November 15th, 2012
2:43 pm

Ozzie, If we are going to give up our top prospects, I would rather inquire about Stanton with the lowly Marlins than Upton.

AdirondackDave

November 15th, 2012
2:49 pm

Maybe a trade – Ahmed for Mike Olt would make sense? Or better yet, Ahmed + a load of other guys for Stanton? I disagree with those who say No Way will they trade Stanton. As I understand it, this will be his last year before arbitration. He’s going to start to get big bucks before you know it. Marlins would get max value right now with one very cheap year left plus he’s healthy. In fact, the more I think about it, since Selig is in hiding, the Marlins may as well finish off their fire sale and get a huge haul now for Stanton. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, FW.

Mark (another one)

November 15th, 2012
2:50 pm

Ahmed needs to stay at SS and work his way up through the minors. There are lots of places he could play on defense but a good SS has lots of value. Simmons is not an established vet and who knows how injuries, etc. will work out. Everyone thought we were deep at starting pitching last year but JJ and Hanson struggled.

I’m expecting Prado to become a fixture at 3rd but that of course could also change based on him keeping healthy. However, he is a lot less risk than Simmons in that he is a proven vet. His spring training will not be about making the team. He simply needs to do his usual job of getting ready for the season.

LF and CF are the two big holes for 2013. Ahmed figures in the future a couple more years out, a disaster player if Simmons is hurt or he may be part of a package to bring in a proven power hitter.

jahay33

November 15th, 2012
2:51 pm

Bob the Blogger – are u serious about Pastornicky in CF ? First, who projects that he will hit – I literally haven’t seen anybody say that and Second, the only projection I have heard consistently is that Pastornicky is a utility player at best. Braves need to sign Span in CF and go after Willingham for LF.

Bud

November 15th, 2012
2:56 pm

Pastornicky at second and Ahmed in center.

Bud

November 15th, 2012
2:57 pm

If Ahmed is to be traded, then I would go for Stanton, or even Logan Morrison (fewer prospects for Morrison then what would be wanted for Stanton),

Ron

November 15th, 2012
3:02 pm

Why all the excitement for J. Upton, i think the Braves could do much better and he will cost the Braves way too amny prospects ala Texeria, do not like that deal at all. Both Uptons will be way too expensive for what you will get in return, Hamiliton, Bourn, Headley, and several others are too expensive. The best would be to deal with the Minnesota Twins and trade for Span ( they want to keep Revere) and Willingham. I think they would take for both: Hanson, Tehran, Jurrijens, and another minor league player. This would set the Braves up for their needs at reasonable cost and give us 2 very good players. The lineup: 1) Span CF 2) Prado 2nd 3) Heyward RF 4) Willingham LF 5) Freeman 1st 6) Uggla 2nd 7) McCann/ Laird C 8) Simmons 9) Pitcher. Rotation: Medlen, Minor, Hudson, Maholm, Delgado/whoever. Bench: Laird, Pastornicky, Mejia, Schafer, Francisco. Gives Braves payroll flexibility and options for the future.

urban redneck

November 15th, 2012
3:04 pm

chip, you suck at that.

jahay33

November 15th, 2012
3:06 pm

Pastornicky at second and Ahmed in Center = last place. R u guys serious here – Ahmed hasn’t played above High – A and Pastornicky is not an everyday player – he is a utility player at best.

Glenn

November 15th, 2012
3:11 pm

If he has good range and a good arm, then I’d do the same thing that’s been done with Prado – try him at 3rd Base, and Left Field, some 2nd Base, too. If the kid’s legit, and wants to get to the big’s quickly, then that’s his best ticket.

At 6′3″, 200 lbs, he actually sounds big for a Shortstop to me, so his longterm prospect at that position may not even be good anyway, especially since he’s so young and will only grow bigger/stronger as he develops into a big league player.

jbill

November 15th, 2012
3:18 pm

Sounds like a good kid with his head on right. hope to see him in Atlanta soon..

Ethan

November 15th, 2012
3:26 pm

I got to see Ahmed play alot this year in Lynchburg. He is hands down best defensive shortstop I have seen in a while(better than simmons). The way he gets to the hole and uses his tremendously strong and accurate arm is amazing. In addition, I really began to see him progress as a hitter. Last game of the year in the championship series he took over. Every person at that game knew that Ahmed was on fire, both defensively and offensivelly. Best player on that team. I really hope the braves find a way to keep him and use him. Everyone loves him here and soon you will too…unless we trade him.

Ethan

November 15th, 2012
3:26 pm

I got to see Ahmed play alot this year in Lynchburg. He is hands down best defensive shortstop I have seen in a while(better than simmons). The way he gets to the hole and uses his tremendously strong and accurate arm is amazing. In addition, I really began to see him progress as a hitter. Last game of the year in the championship series he took over. Every person at that game knew that Ahmed was on fire, both defensively and offensivelly. Best player on that team. I really hope the braves find a way to keep him and use him. Everyone loves him here and soon you will too…unless we trade him.

Bassco

November 15th, 2012
3:47 pm

Braves Manager needs to put a line up in the field, and pretty well stick to it. Since I do not know who the real players will be at this time….I have no suggestions. Hayward would best fit the 6th spot, and continue to be the best rightfielder in the majors. If Schafer stays should play center and maybe lead off. If Constanzq stays….hit second play left field…..Prado 3rd hit 3rd or 7th……Freeman /Mac 4 & 5
Until Ugla starts hitting let him strike out or walk 7th or 8th…..if hitting improves move to clean-up…
I’d trade Hansen to anyone who would give you anything….Cheaper to continue to work with the young arms and hope…….Gonna miss Ross more than I will miss Borne.

Bassco

November 15th, 2012
3:47 pm

Braves Manager needs to put a line up in the field, and pretty well stick to it. Since I do not know who the real players will be at this time….I have no suggestions. Hayward would best fit the 6th spot, and continue to be the best rightfielder in the majors. If Schafer stays should play center and maybe lead off. If Constanzq stays….hit second play left field…..Prado 3rd hit 3rd or 7th……Freeman /Mac 4 & 5
Until Ugla starts hitting let him strike out or walk 7th or 8th…..if hitting improves move to clean-up…
I’d trade Hansen to anyone who would give you anything….Cheaper to continue to work with the young arms and hope…….Gonna miss Ross more than I will miss Borne.

the truth...

November 15th, 2012
3:57 pm

@ Glenn

Ah too big and strong for SS ? Made me wonder if anyone ever said that about Troy Tulowitski…..?

I wouldn’t let his size bother me…just let him progress and see what happens……….

Rick C

November 15th, 2012
4:21 pm

Bassco, I guarantee you neither Schafer or Constanza will be anything more than bench players next year.

ALJ

November 15th, 2012
4:27 pm

If Schafer is starting, this team is in trouble.

Tyler

November 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

as someone who watched Nick play in high school, he is a great player. I read on espn that a potential trade to boston could work, in which the braves would get jacoby elisbury.

Bill M.

November 15th, 2012
4:39 pm

If Ahmed is so great, trade Simmons to Texas for Olt + another prospect. That way former teamates could play together. I believe Ahmed would hit enough. It would be great if Braves could trade Uggla and move Prado to 2nd.

Jay Dubu

November 15th, 2012
5:29 pm

This is the Braves future 3rd baseman. He and Francesco can platoon.

AdirondackDave

November 15th, 2012
8:06 pm

Ethan — Good to hear your first hand comments on Ahmed in addition to DOB’s. He sounds like a keeper. If they both keep up their excellent development next spring and early summer, one of them should bring plenty in a trade if FW goes that route.

bitman

November 15th, 2012
8:42 pm

I like the thought that they’re thinking of moving him to second. Planning for an early Uggla departure, perhaps?

Nerdville

November 15th, 2012
9:03 pm

it would be nice to see some evidence of planning and preparation by wren.

JoeyBagOBravos

November 15th, 2012
11:35 pm

Since Texas wanted Simmons for Olt, how bout Ahmed + tier 2 prospect(s) for Olt, put Olt at 3rd base, keep Martin at LF and sign BJ for center… winter done!

Dav

November 16th, 2012
1:21 am

B.J. Uptons visited Turner field Thursday, he’s a FA who plays CF. My guess Braves offer him what they offered Bourn? Maybe 5 years @$60M. We could still try to trade for Spann or Willingham?

Rowsdower

November 16th, 2012
2:37 am

Only one problem with Ahmed and someone else for Olt. He is the Rangers best prospect. They didn’t offer Olt for Simmons because they already have our best SS prospect…uh, I mean Elvis, and the best SS prospect in baseball in Profar.

Why the hell would they want another SS?

Rowsdower

November 16th, 2012
2:42 am

There is zero chance Upton signs for 5yr/$60M. Someone out there is going to offer him a mint for his heretofor unfulfilled “potential.”

It will take somewhere in the arena of 5 years $75M to sign Upton…probably more. It will cost a tribe in San Pedro de Macaris (sp?) to trade for his brother…

Notso Fast

November 16th, 2012
6:21 am

I just love this time of the year. We make some of the best trades. I just wish that FW could get the other teams to go along with our moves. Fun to think about it.

TommyP

November 16th, 2012
6:30 am

Great piece, DOB. Your offseason blogs are GOLD for me.

What are your thoughts of the Braves sliding Ahmed to 2B, a la Brandon Phillips earlier in his career? It only helped Phillips become perhaps the best, most athletic 2B in the game.

Also, any chance the Braves are quietly discussing Uggla to other teams?

Teddy B

November 16th, 2012
7:25 am

Seems like someone is hyping this kid up for trade bait! I doubt Arizona would take him for Justin Upton though, they want a big league ready SS. Texas should be smart and part with Elvis or Profar to land Upton but they reportedly said no already. I personally doubt we get either one of the Upton brothers, and I’m about 100% sure we won’t get both of them like some loonies on here believe we will. We would have to cough up way too much (Tex deal part II) for Justin in terms of prospects and B.J. might have a fatter deal coming from Philly or Washington, Wren needs to pursue a lead off guy relentlessly until we sign someone, Smokey McSchafer isn’t an everyday answer.

NO WAY should we even think about trading Simmons! He is going to be our Ozzie Smith for years to come. He made some amazing plays last year, plus he hits way above average for a SS. He’s a keeper. Simmons, Freeman, Heyward, Prado, maybe McCann if he rebounds from this surgery, those will be our core players for the next few years.

Ralph

November 16th, 2012
8:15 am

Ahmed will be traded before ST.

Amber Girl

November 16th, 2012
9:19 am

Put Ahmed and pitching in a deal with Arizona for Justin Upton

David O'Brien

November 16th, 2012
9:39 am

Great piece, DOB. Your offseason blogs are GOLD for me.

What are your thoughts of the Braves sliding Ahmed to 2B, a la Brandon Phillips earlier in his career? It only helped Phillips become perhaps the best, most athletic 2B in the game.

Also, any chance the Braves are quietly discussing Uggla to other teams?TommyP

While I wouldn’t rule out possibility of Ahmed moving to 2B to replace Uggla, Braves probably need Uggla to have a strong season to restore trade value and get other teams interesting in picking up remainder of his contract. Of course, Ahmed needs more time in minors anyway, so that could work out IF they decided to go in that direction.

But as mentioned in the article, Ahmed could also be traded, since a lot of other teams are looking for a good future shortstop.

Joe

November 16th, 2012
9:42 am

I grew up playing with Nick and I know for a fact he can play anywhere in the infield other than first base. With Simmons at short stop, I think with Nick’s capabilities it would be great to move him to third base. He has everything but home run power but he’s gap, and contact hitter like a younger far beyond improved Nomar if you will. All we need is BJ Upton and have Martin one day move to left field.

mike

November 16th, 2012
11:53 am

I agree wit Jay Dubu. With an arm that strong maybe the braves should be grooming him as the future third basemen.

mike

November 16th, 2012
11:55 am

Sorry Joe I missed your comment. I agree (3rd base)

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dylan

November 16th, 2012
4:00 pm

Anyone saying they should trade andrelton for olt is an absolute moron. Why on earth would you want to give away the best shortstop we’ve ever had (and yes he is already better than andrus, and furcal both) for olt, an admittedly very good prospect, but someone we don’t necessarily have to get? How about instead of going for olt, who BTW the rangers will never trade, we go for Michael young? The guy can flat out rake and plays every position martin does. We’d have 2 Martins on the team. AND HED BE CHEAP!!! Texas needs to deal him seeing as there isn’t a place for him and olt, and the braves need a third baseman.

This allows Martin to stay in left, gives them time to adjust Ahmed to third, and see if fransisco will pan out. Then all they have to do is get a CF (Dexter fowler)

Lineup would be

Fowler, young, jhey, freeman, mac, prado (interchangeable with young) uggla, Simmons.

Matt

November 16th, 2012
8:27 pm

young would be a good addition to play 3rd and he could spell freeman at 1st, but his salary is $16,000,000 for 2013, Texas would have to eat a huge portion of that in order to even interest the braves, but it might be beneficial to inquire about an Olt for Ahmed deal since we have simmons entrenched at SS and no viable 3rd basemen besides prado and we can keep in him in LF then they can flip him to Arizona, since they asked for simmons and we said no, but this might get their interest, this is just my thoughts

kingdaddy

November 16th, 2012
10:21 pm

I wish the Braves would give Fransisco a chance to play everyday if he has his head on straight. Keep Martin in Left, spend & trade for Center/Leadoff & another SP. I love Mac, but its time to think about trading him to AL team while he still has value. Address Catcher next year…

BartBuzz

November 17th, 2012
9:51 am

Can he play 2nd?

wren-a-player

November 17th, 2012
11:26 am

Sounds like Ahmed is our future Martin Prado……..jack of infield positions.If Wren trades this kid for an established outfielder for1-2 years then he is a Bigger Moron than most fans think he is!Why not try the kid at 3rd and 2nd base in AA or AAA next year??.The only way trading this kid now that would make sense is trading him to Kansas City in a package for Wil Myers who will be a future star in the outfield and Myers is only 22 years old and cheap…….just like what the Brave’s Brass like!

playem or tradem

November 17th, 2012
11:30 am

Ahmed,Hanson,Teheran and Avilan for Wil Myers sounds like a deal KC can’t refuse!

playem or tradem

November 17th, 2012
11:33 am

an outfield of Wil Myers(L)Angel Pagan(C) and Jason Heyward(R) sounds good doesn’t it?

dylan

November 17th, 2012
2:53 pm

Kc wont trade Myers, they want to contend within the next few years and won’t be giving up their top talent. ID go with that same deal and throw in delgado to the fish for Stanton and a pitching prospect

Amber Girl

November 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Do you really think the fish will trade Stanton. They say no. I think maybe deal right, they would.

dylan

November 18th, 2012
11:09 am

The marlins will trade anyone if the deal is right. Of course it would most likely take. Teheran and delgado, along with Ahmed and maybe someone like terdoslavich, but that would definatly be worth Roy to solidify our corner outfield spots for a long time to come

dylan

November 18th, 2012
11:10 am

mike mangan

November 18th, 2012
9:17 pm

Hate to say this but both Uptons are lazy with poor work etics..We do not need another starter.Delgado is ready to be #5 with Beachy looming for mid season return.I still say that Consytanza would hit 300 in Colorado and play great centerfield.Hanson would be their # 1 or 2 and Pastornicky would be a good utility man and the thin air would help his batting average..All we would want in return is to bring Dexter Fowler a true five tool player back home to the Peach State.a three for one that might end up a four for two with a couple sribeanies and this in turn would leave Prado in left and Juan Francisco at 3b.Sure he will whiff 150 times(Bourn struck out 151 times last year)However he could hit 275 with 30 homers.We would all take that…Would we not????

Bob Scott

November 20th, 2012
3:48 pm

Looks like Ahmed will be perfect trade bait for Justin Upton. We’ll get both brothers!

man and dog

November 21st, 2012
1:51 am

Why not moving him to 3rd base?

man and dog

November 21st, 2012
1:52 am

Or Simmons to 3rd. Whichever is the best shortstop……

pcb mike

November 21st, 2012
6:37 pm

The Braves top priority for 2013 is getting Andrelton Simmons a nickname. I won’t be able to handle another year of calling him Andrelton. And, hopefully, he will be our shortstop for the next 15 years.

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Klaus

November 25th, 2012
12:53 am

If Juan comes to camp in shape I would like to see him get a shot. However for this to work I would want Prado back at 2B and Uggla gone.

BJ Upton or Span in CF and Justin in LF if I am greedy. ;)

snoopy

November 29th, 2012
12:52 am

we will prolly never hear bout this kid again, oh well. fire FG

[...] and 13 runs scored in 19 contests for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The AJC’s Dave O’Brien had a great blog highlighting Ahmed’s winter ball performance.  There had been some speculation that the Braves could use Ahmed as part of a trade package, [...]

CBS Atlanta

January 29th, 2013
5:52 pm

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