Ahmed, 24, is currently playing for Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, where he’s hitting .304 with a .385 OBP – both of which are well above his career norms.
The question, is whether or not he’d be a fit for the Mets.
While Ahmed is known as a gifted defender, there’s always been doubts about whether or not he’ll hit enough to be a regular at the big league level.
Ahmed’s numbers thus far in 2014 are impressive, but they should be taken with a large grain of salt for two reasons.
For one, the Pacific Coast League is a notorious hitter’s league.
Secondly, Ahmed’s offensive numbers throughout his minor league career have been underwhelming.
Ahmed hit .236 with a .288 OBP in 2013 while with Arizona’s Double-A affiliate.
According to Keith Law of ESPN, Ahmed is an “Extra guy, maybe a AAAA player.”
If Law’s analysis is right – and there’s nothing to indicate that Ahmed will be able to hold his own offensively – this isn’t a player that the Mets should be going after.
As a backup/defensive specialist, Ahmed could be a fit.
However, he doesn’t appear to be someone who would be able to be even an average starting player at the major league level.
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