- In 2008, Ahmed graduated from East Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts. His career record was 21-3 on the mound. And he also starred in basketball. Plus, he was a National Honor Society member and graduated 17th in his class of 233.
- Nick accepted a baseball scholarship to the University of Connecticut, majoring in sports management. He hit .326 in 51 games for the Huskies in the spring of 2011.
- Ahmed's uncle, Raphael Cerrato, is the head baseball coach at the University of New Haven.
- In the summer of 2010, Nick played for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League.
Nick has an old-school approach to the game. He has a take-no-prisoners attitude and a tireless work ethic.
"There is definitely more to the game than just hitting. Defense. Baserunning. Being a good teammate," Ahmed said.
He has excellent makeup, drawig comparisons to former D'Backs shorstop John McDonald. They have similar skill sets.
"It's through the roof—excellent, excellent, excellent makeup,” Lynchburg Hillcats hitting coach Bobby Moore said near the end of the 2012 season. “The kid comes to work every day. If you tell him he does something good, he wants to do it better."
In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Ahmed as the 15th-best prospect in the Braves organization. He was at #11 in the winter before 2013 spring training. They had him at #18 in the spring of 2014.
And Nick broke into the Top 10 in 2015, at 10th-best after traded to the Diamondbacks organization.
- In 2012, Nick led the Carolina League in runs (84), doubles (36), steals (40) and fielding percentage at shortstop (.963).
- Nick was named a winner of the 2013 Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
- When the D-backs Ahmed from Triple-A Reno on June 29, 2014 he texted Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella to share the news. Once La Stella heard, he reacted enthusiastically.
Ahmed had played the role of cheerleader when Atlanta recalled La Stella from Triple-A Gwinnett a month earlier. Three years after the Braves took both players in the 2011 draft, Ahmed and La Stella were both Major Leaguers.
"We're good buddies. We stay in touch. We talk hitting a lot," Ahmed said. "He was all excited for me, the same way I was for him when he got his callup."
They first made contact when the duo played together for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League in 2010 and crossed paths again during the 2011 NCAA tournament when La Stella's Coastal Carolina played Ahmed's UConn at the Clemson Regional.
They went their separate ways in 2011 when Ahmed went to Danville and La Stella played in Rome before suiting up again as teammates for Class A Advanced Lynchburg in 2012 before the Braves sent Ahmed to Arizona as part of the seven-player blockbuster trade that brought Justin Upton to Atlanta in January 2013.
Only six days removed from his Major League debut, Ahmed finally shared the diamond with La Stella again for the 2014 Fourth of July weekend at Turner Field.
"Living together and obviously staying in touch over the years, we've talked about this moment for a long time, playing against each other at the highest level," La Stella said. "It's pretty cool it's finally happening."
"It's going to be fun," Ahmed said. "When you get drafted, you always dream of playing for that organization in the big leagues. I always dreamed of playing here." (Mark Bowman and Joe Morgan, MLB.com, 7/5/2014)
"I always found the best way to coach Nick was to tell him, 'You can't,'" said Jim Penders, who coached Ahmed at UConn. "He'd want to know who said that, he'd show 'em."
July 2-4, 2016: Nick was on the paternity list.
- June 2011: The Braves chose Ahmed in the second round of the draft, and he signed for a bonus of $417,600, starting his pro career. Kevin Barry is the scout who signed Nick.
- January 24, 2013: The Diamondbacks traded OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson to Atlanta for INF Martin Prado, RHP Randy Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, Ahmed, and INF-OF Brandon Drury.