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Pickup of the Day

PUD 8/10: Raisel Iglesias

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.


It made sense to dump Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias back in June when he was moved from the rotation to the bullpen to prevent him from throwing too many innings, but pick him back up again because it looks like he might be a source of saves down the stretch. The 26-year-old from Cuba earned his first career save in his first career save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Cardinals, throwing a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout on just 13 total pitches to preserve the Reds' 7-4 lead. He now has a 2.09 ERA and 60/19 K/BB ratio in 56 innings for the year. Tony Cingrani imploded in Monday's loss at St. Louis, yielding five earned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, so the gate should be open.

Drew Silva

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