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.
After struggling in his first taste of the majors late last season, d'Arnaud hit just .180/.271/.273 over his first 39 games this season prior to being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier this month. At this rate, he likely won't be in the minors much longer. The 25-year-old has been on fire with the 51st, hitting .394 (13-for-33) with five home runs, two doubles, 10 RBI, and a 2/3 K/BB ratio over eight games. Sure, it's the Pacific Coast League, but the hope is that the success will get his confidence going. If he can keep it up over the next few days, there's a good chance he returns before the end of the month. Sure, d'Arnaud has been a disappointment in the early part of his major league career, but those in two-catcher leagues (especially keeper formats) can afford to stash him in hopes that something will click in his return to the majors.