Former UConn baseball player and current Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed won his first career Gold Glove Sunday night, becoming the first-ever UConn product to do so.
Ahmed is widely regard as one of the top fielding shortstops in the majors and his numbers back that up, with just nine errors in 148 games this season. The advanced fielding stats are in agreement too, with Ahmed tied for first amongst shortstops with Andrelton Simmons with 21 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and ranking seventh with an Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) of 4.6.
The five-year veteran also got it done with the bat this season, hitting 16 home runs and 33 doubles and posting career-highs in almost every major offensive statistic.
Ahmed’s Gold Glove marks another achievement for a member of the Huskies’ 2011 team, which is quickly shaping up to be one of the most talented college baseball teams of the 2000s. Teammate George Springer has made two All-Star appearances and won the World Series MVP Award with the Houston Astros in 2017 and staff ace Matt Barnes picked up the win in Game 1 of this year’s World Series with the Boston Red Sox.