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.
If you’re desperate for saves here on April 18, it might be a good idea to stash Kyle Barraclough and/or Drew Steckenrider, depending on their respective availability in your respective league. Brad Ziegler allowed the Yankees’ only run in the Marlins’ 9-1 runaway victory on Tuesday night in the Bronx and the 38-year-old right-hander now has an 8.22 ERA in 7 2/3 innings (seven appearances) this season. Barraclough, meanwhile, boasts a 2.70 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings and Steckenrider is sitting on a 0.00 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio through 8 2/3 frames. Miami is an awful team, but there will be saves to mine from that roster over the course of the summer and Ziegler probably isn’t long for the ninth-inning gig. Get ahead of the demotion.