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.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker finally provided clarity on his closer situation Wednesday night, naming 24-year-old right-hander Koda Glover the club's primary ninth-inning man. "Koda was kind of lobbying for that in the first place," Baker told MASN. "We wanted to break him in slowly because this guy’s ... shoot, he’s only a year-and-a-half out of college. So he had said that’s the job he wanted, and so it’s his now." Glover is only owned in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this posting. He has a 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season and will be collecting saves on one of baseball’s best teams. Consider him a must-own, must-play. Shawn Kelley can be dropped in shallower formats.