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.
It's Carlos Correa time in Houston. The top shortstop prospect has officially been recalled from Double-A Corpus Christi and is scheduled to make his major league debut Monday night against the White Sox. Correa, an exciting, dynamic 20-year-old talent, was batting .335/.407/.600 with 10 home runs, 44 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 53 games this season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno. He is sure to encounter a learning curve in the bigs -- his numbers fell dramatically after his promotion to Triple-A -- but Correa is worth taking a chance on in every standard fantasy league. And he's an absolute gem in dynasty formats. He carries huge offensive potential at a position where such a thing is scarce, and he's pretty good defensively too.