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.
Manny Banuelos no longer throws in the mid-90s as he did when he first popped up as a top-notch prospect a few years ago, as he sits more around 90 mph since returning from Tommy John surgery. However, he’s shown that he can still be successful with not as much velocity, posting a 2.29 ERA at Triple-A to earn a call-up and then allowing just one run over his first two big league outings. Banuelos’ control can wane at times – he walked three and struck out just one in his second outing – but the 24-year-old southpaw at the very least is looking like a nice matchup play in deeper formats.