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Is shortstop Nick Ahmed a fit for the Mets?

By Danny Abriano

The Mets are still in need of an upgrade at shortstop, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Thursday that the Diamondbacks have been taking calls on shortstop Nick Ahmed.

Mar 6, 2014; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed (75) hits against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their spring training game Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

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.

With both Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius ahead of Ahmed on the depth chart, Ahmed looks like someone the Diamondbacks can part with without it hurting too much.

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.