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.
Willans Astudillo has become a fixture in the Twins' lineup and the rookie is batting .378/.391/.556 with two home runs and 11 RBI so far in September. Armed with catcher as well as third base eligibility, Astudillo remains on the waiver wire in nearly 80 percent of Yahoo leagues. The 26-year-old is worth an add.