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.
Randal Grichuk has looked good since coming off the disabled list, batting .344 (11-for-32) with three homers, three doubles, and nine RBI over nine games. He’s hit safely in five straight games. Grichuk struck out three times on Monday, which underscores his flawed approach at the plate. He has struck out in 29.7 percent of his plate appearances for his career, so barring some sort of sudden change, maintaining a useful batting average is going to be a challenge for him. But there’s no doubt that he has legitimate power. He’s topped 20 homers in each of the last two seasons. Grichuk was owned in just six percent of Yahoo leagues as of Tuesday morning, which is too low as long as he’s getting regular at-bats with Toronto.