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Pickup of the Day

PUD 5/20: Enrique Burgos

by Ryan Boyer
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.

 

When Addison Reed was booted from the Diamondbacks’ closer role, the natural assumption was that Brad Ziegler would be the favorite for saves in Arizona. That’s probably still the case, but Enrique Burgos is now in the conversation after picking up his second save in as many nights Tuesday. Ziegler wasn’t called upon for the save chance Monday because he had pitched earlier in the extra-innings game he and didn’t pitch Tuesday because of a two-inning appearance Monday. Still, at the very least Burgos looks to be second in line and is worth a speculative pick-up in fantasy leagues.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.