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.
Royals right-hander Kelvin Herrera earned his second save of 2013 on Wednesday night against the Twins and now boasts a 0.00 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio through 4 1/3 innings of work this season. Greg Holland is still the Kansas City closer, but he has struggled in the early going and could be stripped of his role if the problems persist for much longer. Herrera, 23, has more talent and seems to be in a much better groove here in mid-April. Grab him and get him active immediately. If he's not getting saves, he'll at least get you strikeouts.