Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Reds left-hander Amir Garrett went undrafted in most fantasy leagues this spring because he wasn’t officially named to the Opening Day rotation until the final week of March, but he should be owned in all standard and NL-only formats entering the regular season’s third week. Garrett worked six shutout innings in his major league debut last Friday in St. Louis, allowing just two hits, and he kept the Pirates off the board for six innings Wednesday night in Pittsburgh before David Freese cranked a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. Garrett, a former college basketball player at St. John’s University, flashed his high-level upside in 2016 when he posted a 2.55 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 132/59 K/BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville. He’s sporting a 2-0 record, 1.42 ERA, and 0.71 WHIP through two starts with Cincinnati, and both of those wins have come on the road against divisional opponents.