The Diamondbacks and Braves made headlines today, Arizona trading OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson to Atlanta for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, 1B Brandon Drury and SS Nick Ahmed.
But how could this blockbuster deal affect the Tigers?
USA Today's Bob Nightengale links the dots via an "NL official," claiming the Diamondbacks may try to flip Ahmed, a slick fielding, 6'3", 205 pound 22 year old right-hand hitting shortstop, to the Tigers as part of a package for Rick Porcello. The Diamondbacks have been linked to Porcello for some time, this is just the latest iteration of the rumor.
As far-fetched as this might be, Ahmed is a legit prospect. In Nightengale's words, "Ahmed is a superb defensive SS." Baseball America named Ahmed the best defensive player in the Braves' system. I'm sure your interest just perked up a notch.
Ahmed played his college ball at UCONN where he pitched along with playing short. The Braves 2nd round pick the 2011 draft, Ahmed spent that summer playing for Danville in the short-season, Rookie level Appalachian League, hitting .262/.346/.379 in 59 games.
Considered one of the Braves' top 10 prospects, Ahmed stepped up in competition this past season, playing for high Single A Lynchburg in the Carolina League. In 130 games, Ahmed posted numbers nearly identical to his 2011 season (.269/.337/.391). He also showed off his speed, stealing 40 bases.
Diamondbacks could flip SS prospect Nick Ahmed for Rick Porcello
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