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.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss gave closer LaTroy Hawkins a vote of confidence on Wednesday. However, there’s no getting around the fact that Hawkins holds a 4.41 ERA and 1.53 WHIP while striking out just six over 16 1/3 innings this season. The veteran reliever is a nice complementary piece, not someone that should be handling the ninth inning for a potential playoff team. While the common thought has been that Rex Brothers is next in line for saves in Colorado, Weiss indicated on Thursday that it might be Adam Ottavino. The right-hander has been the team’s best reliever this season, posting a 1.40 ERA and 18/2 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings. In 38 relief appearances dating back to last season, Ottavino has a 1.25 ERA.