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Nick Ahmed turning heads in Arizona Fall League

The Braves shortstop prospect excelled during the abbreviated AFL schedule.

Christian Petersen

Atlanta Braves prospect shortstop Nick Ahmed was turning heads as the Arizona Fall League schedule wound down this week.

Headed into Thursday's season finale, Ahmed boasted .288 average, a .361 on-base percentage and seven extra-base hits during the short season in Arizona. In his first 19 games played, Ahmed had also hit one home run and had 10 RBIs.

Ahmed, a prospect in an organization already flush with talent at the position, still impressed members up and down the Braves, including his AFL manager, who will also be his minor league manager next season.

"He's played an amazing shortstop - definitely one of the top shortstops in this fall league," manager Aaron Holbert, who manages the Phoenix club in the AFL and the Braves Double-A Mississippi affiliate, told the Atlanta Journal Consitution. "And he started off just on fire swinging the bat."

Ahmed was a second-round draft pick in 2010 out of UConn and played 130 games in 2012 at the Braves' High-A affiliate in Lynchburg.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.