Hale: Too soon to say Ahmed is D-backs' shortstop

Hale: Too soon to say Ahmed is D-backs' shortstop

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Respected national columnist Peter Gammons wrote recently that D-backs manager Chip Hale "has made it clear" that Nick Ahmed is the starting shortstop.

Hale, though, stopped short of confirming that when quizzed by reporters Monday morning.

"To name him the starter is hard to do, because we still have camp left," Hale said. "I'm not ready to do that. He's been very impressive. [Gammons] was assuming because of the way we were glowing about [Ahmed]."

It certainly seems that Ahmed, the club's No. 14 prospect, per MLB.com, could be the starter at short given how much praise has been heaped on him.

Though it sounds like Chris Owings is still in the mix, whether at short or second.

"We knew Owings, if he was healthy, was going to play somewhere," general manager Dave Stewart said. "We knew he was going to be a starter for us."

With two weeks until Opening Day, there are still pieces to this puzzle that need to be sorted out.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.