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.
Tom Koehler earned a spot in the Marlins’ Opening Day rotation with a strong spring (1.50 ERA), and his good pitching has carried over into the start of the season. After going toe-to-toe but ultimately getting bested by Stephen Strasburg last week, Koehler beat Strasburg and the Nats Tuesday by tossing seven innings of one-hit ball. Yes, he walked five in the outing and his K/BB ratio of 10/8 over 19 frames this season isn’t desirable. However, the stuff is there for Koehler, as he throws mid-90s heat and flashes a nasty curveball. Deep leaguers should consider giving him a look.