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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 8/30

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.

As you try to parse some fantasy value from the coming string of September callups, consider giving Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow another shot. He was dreadful over the first two months of the 2017 regular season, but the 24-year-old former top prospect boasts a 2.06 ERA and a 131/31 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings since his June 10 demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis and he hasn’t issued more than two walks in any of his last six starts on the farm. Glasnow is showing the best command of his professional career and he’s set up for success over the final month in Pittsburgh.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter.