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.
22-year-old left-hander Tyler Skaggs made an impressive debut for the Angels on Saturday night at Houston's Minute Maid Park, yielding just four hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings while racking up five strikeouts. It was a punchless Astros lineup and it's silly to overreact to one outing, but Skaggs was a big-time prospect in the Diamondbacks' system and appears ready to blossom now as Anaheim's fifth starter. The big ballparks of the American League West should only work in his favor. Grab him in standard mixed leagues. He'll get the Mets at home next.