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 time to trust Taillon in mixed leagues. The 24-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts in the majors. While he hasn’t gone more than six innings in a start since back on June 14, it hasn’t been due to a lack of efficiency. He owns an impressive 28/1 K/BB ratio in 30 innings during that time and has thrown a ton of first-pitch strikes. In addition to his excellent control, he boasts a ground ball rate north of 50 percent. The Pirates have been careful about his workload, so he finally crossed the 100-pitch mark for the first time last time out. He remains a strong candidate for an early shut down after all he's been through, but there’s no reason why he should be available in more than half of Yahoo leagues, especially with a juicy matchup against the Padres lined up for Thursday.