UConn's Nick Ahmed Wins Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award

Ahmed was named the best defensive shortstop in the entirety of minor league baseball
Ahmed was named the best defensive shortstop in the entirety of minor league baseball UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Oct. 2, 2013

Official MiLB release

STORRS, Conn. -- Former UConn shortstop Nick Ahmed (2009-11), a prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, was named the 2013 recipient of the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award at shortstop, Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced yesterday (Oct. 1). Ahmed was one of nine players across all levels of the minors to receive the award at their respective positions.

Playing with the Double-A Mobile Baybears of the Southern League this season, Ahmed saw action in 133 contests and made only 13 errors on 650 chances, good for a .980 fielding percentage. That mark was one point off the Southern Leauge single-season shortstop record. He was also part of 88 double plays on the year.

Ahmed played in 165 games for UConn from 2009-11, batting .304 with eight home runs, 98 RBIs and 68 stolen bases. In his sterling 2011 campaign, Ahmed hit .324 en route to All-BIG EAST second team honors as UConn advanced to the NCAA Clemson Regional. The shortstop was selected in the second round of the MLB Draft, 85th overall, by the Atlanta Braves at the tail end of the season. He was dealt from Atlanta to Arizona in a January 2013 deal that sent Justin Upton to the Braves.

The rest of the 2013 award winners are as follows:

Pos. Name Club(s) Organization
P Taylor Hill Potomac, Harrisburg, Syracuse WAS
C Blake Forsythe Binghamton NYM
1B Jordan Lennerton Toledo DET
2B Carlos Alonso Clearwater PHI
SS Nick Ahmed Mobile ARI
3B Wade Gaynor Erie DET
LF Jason Krizan Lakeland DET
CF Dalton Pompey Lansing TOR
RF Randal Grichuk Arkansas LAA