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.
With Jake McGee on the disabled list with a knee injury, the closing duties for the Rockies have fallen to Carlos Estevez. Estevez was in A-ball last season and began this year in the minors, but he’s struck out a batter per inning since being recalled in late April. The 23-year-old also has a 4.43 ERA and has walked 10 over 20 1/3 frames, so he’s anything but safe, especially pitching his home game at Coors Field. However, the old “saves are saves” adage applies, making Estevez a worthy pickup in all formats.