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 probably time to start paying attention to Reds rookie Luis Castillo if you haven’t already. Despite a very tough matchup against the Diamondbacks on Saturday, the hard-throwing right-hander allowed just three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings for his first major league victory. He walked just one batter while striking out eight and was still hitting 98 mph in his final inning of work. He’s now struck out 30 batters through 23 innings in the majors, though he has also walked 10 batters while allowing five homers. There’s blow-up potential here, especially in his home ballpark, but Castillo is quickly emerging as an exciting name. He’s still available in 87 percent of Yahoo leagues as of Monday morning.