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Pickup of the Day

PUD 5/12: Sam Dyson

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.


Sam Dyson earned his first save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox, yielding no hits and striking out one Chicago batter in a scoreless ninth inning to ice the Rangers' 6-5 victory. This doesn't mean a closer change has happened in Texas -- Shawn Tolleson was given the day off after totaling 39 pitches between a pair of appearances on Monday and Tuesday -- but it might signal that there is growing trust in Dyson from Rangers manager Jeff Banister. Tolleson entered the 2016 season as the closer in Texas after racking up 35 saves in 2015, but he holds a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through 13 1/3 innings this year. Dyson has a 2.12 ERA in 17 frames, and a 2.41 ERA in 134 1/3 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 campaign. Maybe this switch will never be made, but it's just a sensible stash at this point.

Drew Silva

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