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.
Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick missed the first two games of Houston's weekend series in Oakland due to discomfort in his right quad, but he returned with a big splash on Sunday afternoon at O.co Coliseum, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two stolen bases, and three runs scored. Marisnick is now batting .364/.408/.591 with two homers and six steals in 50 plate appearances this season and should soon move out of the ninth spot in the Astros' batting order. The 24-year-old was a highly-thought-of prospect in the Marlins' system and now appears to be hitting his stride with the 'Stros. He could have legitimate mixed league value going forward.