Ahmed went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's spring game against the Rockies.
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.
Ahmed agreed to a four-year extension with Arizona on Monday.
Ahmed will make at least $32.5 million over the course of the deal, with the potential for more in incentives, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. The shortstop had been scheduled to reach free agency after the 2020 season, so the deal buys out three extra years and keeps him under club control through his age-33 season. He's never had an above-average batting line, but his .254/.316/.437 line last season was good for a 92 wRC+, an acceptable figure for a player with a strong defensive reputation at shortstop.
Ahmed will enter the offseason with a particular focus on being more consistent at the plate, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Ahmed was already an elite defender upon entering MLB, and his bat is catching up. He's set career bests (entering Sunday) in most major hitting categories, including average (.255), OBP (.318), slugging (.440), home runs (19), triples (6) and RBI (82). The Massachusetts native plans to focus on the areas of better pitch recognition, making more hard contact, and chasing fewer pitches outside the zone. The 29-year-old is entering the final year of arbitration and will become a free agent in 2021. His combination of elite defense and emerging bat should set himself up for a nice payday.
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 9-7 loss to the Cardinals.
Ahmed led off the ninth inning with his 19th homer, trying to ignite a rally to stave off elimination from postseason contention. Alas, the Diamondbacks could not complete the comeback, and their postseason hopes were dashed. Since his return from a finger injury four games ago, Ahmed is 5-for-15 with three extra-base hits.
Ahmed (finger) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
Ahmed missed the last couple games after his fingernail was damaged while fielding a groundball in Monday's game, but he is ready to return to action on the heels of a team off day. Ahmed will start at shortstop and hit seventh Friday night.
Ahmed (finger) remains on the bench Wednesday against the Marlins.
Ahmed was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a finger issue and will wind up missing at least one more start. Domingo Leyba gets the start at shortstop.
Ahmed was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins due to a finger injury, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Ahmed was slated to start at shortstop Tuesday, but Arizona has determined that he's unable to go after suffering a finger injury during Monday night's contest. Ildemaro Vargas will replace Ahmed at shortstop.
Ahmed (finger) is starting at shortstop and batting seventh Tuesday against Miami.
Ahmed had to leave Monday evening's contest after injuring a finger on his throwing hand, but he's been cleared to return to action Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 at the dish in the series opener prior to exiting.
Ahmed (finger) was confident following Monday's game that he will be available to play Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Ahmed was removed from Monday's game when a hard-hit groundball took a bad hop and split the nail on his right middle finger. "If it stopped bleeding, I would have stayed in the game and been fine," said Ahmed. "It was bleeding all over my pants. It would have been bleeding on the ball if it was hit to me. Unfortunately, I had to come out right there." Ahmed, who mentioned at least three times to reporters that he would be fine, has played in 34 consecutive games.
Ahmed left Monday's game against the Marlins with a finger injury, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Ahmed suffered the injury while trying to field a grounder with his bare hand, and after being examined by the team trainer, he was forced to depart. He'll be considered day-to-day until another update is released.
Ahmed went 1-for-3 with a triple and the lone run in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Reds.
Ahmed's third-inning triple, his fifth of the year, was the only hit the Diamondbacks could muster against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani and two relievers. Ahmed ultimately scored the only run for either team on a Jarrod Dyson sacrifice fly. The shortstop is hitting .260/.322/.443 with 18 homers, 80 RBI and 74 runs scored this season, all career highs for the 29-year-old.
Ahmed went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run in Friday's 7-5 win over the Reds.
Ahmed snapped a 13-game drought without a homer in the third inning when he went yard to put Arizona on the board. He was one of the hottest hitters on the planet at the beginning of August and is once against heating up. He's gone 10-for-29 with four doubles, one homer and seven RBI over the last eight games.
Ahmed went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Though Ahmed hasn't homered since Aug. 20, he's still been hitting the ball with authority lately, notching a double in each of his past four starts. The shortstop will carry a career-best .777 OPS into Monday's series opener versus the Padres.
Ahmed went 1-for-2 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 8-7 win over Colorado.
Ahmed's perfectly mediocre season has exploded this month. He's slashing .351/.415/.807 with seven homers, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored over 17 games in August. Tuesday's round-tripper was his 17th of the season and established a new benchmark for the shortstop.
Ahmed was named the National League Player of the Week, Thomas Harrigan of MLB.com reports.
Ahmed slashed .423/.464/1.038 with four home runs, a triple, two doubles and 11 RBI in seven games last week. The 29-year-old shortstop is up to 16 homers in 123 games, tying the number of long balls he hit last year in 30 more games played.
Ahmed went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Giants.
The two-run blast came off Giants reliever Travis Bergen in the eighth inning. Ahmed has now homered five times in his last seven games, bringing his total for the year up to 16. He's tallied 68 RBI and 67 runs scored in 122 games this season while also stealing seven bases. Since the start of August, the shortstop is hitting .375 with six homers, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored. Ten of his 18 hits this month have gone for extra bases.
Ahmed went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 10-9 loss to the Giants.
Ahmed cranked his fourth homer in the last six games and has driven in 11 runs during that stretch. He's slugged 15 homers over 121 games, one fewer than he hit in 153 games in 2018. Over the first few months of the season, Ahmed provided a respectable batting average but little of the pop he showed last season. Since the middle of June, however, he's started tapping into that power without sacrificing average. The 29-year-old shortstop is batting .283/.349/.533 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI over the last 53 games.
Ahmed went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBI in Tuesday's 9-3 win over the Rockies.
Ahmed is sizzling at the plate, cranking out a homer for a third consecutive game while going 6-for-12 with nine RBI during that stretch. He's actually been hot for a longer period, as he's slashing .304/.388/.548 with seven home runs, 29 RBI and 22 runs scored over the 34 games he's played since July 2. Once considered employable for his glove solely, the shortstop's bat has caught up in 2019. Plate discipline appears to be the key. Two seasons ago, Ahmed swung at 39.6 percent of the pitches outside the zone, lowered that figure 31.5 percent last season and has further whittled it down to 27.1 percent during the current campaign.
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double and four RBI to help the Diamondbacks to an 8-6 win over the Rockies on Monday.
It was the second straight game with a long ball for the 29-year-old shortstop, who cranked his 13th of the season with this sixth-inning two-run shot off Jake McGee, while also adding his 25th two-bagger of the year. He's now slashing .267/.328/.438 across 462 plate appearances -- numbers that would all represent career highs if he's able to maintain his pace through the rest of the season.
Ahmed went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Ahmed has slowly provided power for the Diamondbacks in 2019 while maintaining a better batting average than he did last season when he bopped a career-high 16 homers along with a .234 average. Sunday's blast was Ahmed's 12th, while the shortstop is hitting a career-best .264.
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