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Pickup of the Day

PUD 8/25: Daniel Hudson

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.


The carousel spins again at the back end of the Diamondbacks' bullpen with Enrique Burgos having allowed seven earned runs in three innings since grabbing the closer role away from Jake Barrett just last week. Burgos was especially bad on Wednesday night, yielding four earned runs while failing to record an out against the lowly Braves. We're thinking next to get a shot might be 29-year-old right-hander Daniel Hudson, who earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday versus Atlanta and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling through much of July. Hudson has an ugly-looking 6.11 ERA in 54 total appearances this season, but there have been positive signs overall surrounding stretches of terribleness. This is the current state of the Arizona bullpen. If you're desperate, take the plunge.

Drew Silva

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