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.
Evan Gattis got a late start to the 2016 season due to injury and has struggled out of the gate, hitting just .203/.257/.313 with only one home run and seven RBI in his first 70 plate appearances. He was sent down to Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday though to get some work in behind the plate, as the Astros have struggled to find a capable backup to Jason Castro this year. This is a guy who clubbed 27 home runs and drove in 88 runs last season and who will soon add catcher eligibility on many sites. He's currently owned in just 38% of Yahoo leagues, which is far too low given this recent development.