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.
If you’re in a league that allows for day-of transactions and find yourself in desperate need of a fantasy streamer for Wednesday, consider Nationals right-hander Kyle McGowin. The 26-year-old will make his first career major league start in Wednesday’s series finale against the Marlins. He’s filling in for Tanner Roark, whose wife gave birth to a son over the weekend. McGowin, a former fifth-round pick, had a big bounceback 2018 season in the Nationals’ minor league system, posting a 2.80 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 152/31 K/BB ratio in 141 2/3 innings between High-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg, and Triple-A Syracuse. He gets a Miami outfit that currently ranks dead-last in the majors in runs scored.