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 was announced Sunday night that the Rockies are calling up top outfield prospect David Dahl ahead of their series opener Monday night at Baltimore's Camden Yards. Dahl might not have a starting job out of the gate, but that could change by the end of the week as the Rockies sell off parts ahead of the August 1 trade deadline. Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, and Gerardo Parra have all been the subject of recent trade rumors. Dahl, the 10th overall pick in 2012 out of an Alabama high school, has batted .314/.394/.569 with 18 home runs, 61 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and 70 runs scored in 92 games this season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque. The skillset should play very well at Coors Field.