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.
The Mariners lost veteran outfielder Corey Hart on Sunday to a hamstring strain and are looking for a jolt at the shortstop position, where Brad Miller has produced a .154/.223/.257 batting line in 39 games. Enter versatile 23-year-old prospect Nick Franklin, who has been playing both outfield and shorstop this season at Triple-A Tacoma while slashing .376/.481/.633 with seven homers, 26 RBI, and seven stolen bases in 30 games. He can help with two positions of need in Seattle and should be called up when Hart is placed on the disabled list Tuesday. Go grab him now in deeper mixed leagues.