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During his sophomore season at Fresno State, he led the Bulldogs with a .381 average, 13 home runs, and an unbelievable 92 RBIs. Those numbers ranked him second in the nation in RBIs and sixth in hits, 110, that season.
After that unbelievable regular season, Ahmady helped lead an undermanned, underdog Fresno State to its first College World Series Championship. Not only did he help his team at the plate but he also helped in the field with outstanding defense.
One of his defensive highlights was the top play of the day on ESPN.
Most prognosticators expected another big year for Ahmady coming into the 2009 season. He was named a preseason All-American by various outlets as well as being placed on the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year watch list.
Ahmady was able to put together a solid junior season although it was cut short due to his violating team rules. Before his suspension, he hit .326 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs. The 5-foot-11 first baseman controlled the strike zone with twice as many walks, 48, as strikeouts, 24.
Dustin Mattison: Can you take me through what you were doing on draft day?
Alan Ahmady: I was sitting in my room waiting for my name to be called so I could start packing because I was so excited to play pro ball.
DM: Did you expect the Cardinals to be the team or did it come as a surprise?
AA: The Cardinals showed late interest and had hinted that they would be the team that would pick me. When they called me in the 11th round, I was more than happy to be drafted by them.
DM: Give me the scouting report on Alan Ahmady.
AA: I've never considered myself a five-tool player, but someone who will use every tool to its most potential. I am not someone who just plays baseball but I am a baseball player.
DM: You played a lot of first base at Fresno State. The Cardinals have pretty good one already. Where else on the field do you feel comfortable?
AA: I really enjoy playing second and third base. I will also begin practicing at catcher.
DM: Tell me about the College World Series experience. You guys went in as underdogs and proved all the experts wrong.
AA: Before the season started, I told many people close to me that I wouldn't be surprised if we made it all the way. Having said that, it felt really good to do something that no one expected us to do.
DM: You have started your professional career in Batavia. What's your first few days of professional ball been like? Did you know any of your teammates?
AA: I have really been enjoying my time is Batavia. I love being able to get up everyday and be able to go to the ballpark to play baseball. I have become good friends with my roommates Josh Squatrito, Matt Carpenter, Scott Schneider, Ryan Jackson, and a few more.
DM: When you are not playing baseball, how do you like to spend your time?
AA: My roommate, Josh (Squatrito), has a huge binder full of DVD's and we plan on watching all of them before season's end. We are on our last disc of the show Jericho.
DM: What should Cardinal fans know about you they probably don't already know?
AA: Something that I find fun to tell people because they never believe me is that I am a second cousin with Shakira through my Mom.
I thank Alan for his time and wish him the best in his professional career with the Cardinals.
Dustin Mattison can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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