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.
Injuries (and a lack of production at the big league level to this point) have plagued Jurickson Profar's career, but it's hard to believe that the former top prospect turned just 25 in February. Naturally, it's now injuries to others that will afford him an everyday opportunity with the Rangers after both Rougned Odor (hamstring) and Elvis Andrus (elbow) went down. Profar sports a .635 OPS in his career in the majors and a .563 OPS so far this season, but he hasn't exactly had many extended chances. He should get one now and has batted second for Texas each of the last three games, picking up two hits, an RBI and a stolen base Thursday. Profar is merely a flyer at this point, but he's worth a shot in deeper leagues.