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’s going to be a rough season for the Royals, but they could have a potential breakout arm in Jake Junis. The 25-year-old pitched well down the stretch for Kansas City in 2017 and struck out six across seven shutout innings in his 2018 debut. Junis is scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week and is still widely available in mixed leagues.