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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 6/20

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.

Ben Gamel has taken over as the Mariners' everyday left fielder and has been their leadoff hitter of late with Jean Segura (ankle) not due back until later this week. He's currently in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak and is sporting a robust .427/.462/.524 line over his last 21 contests. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify, Gamel would be leading the American League with his .344 average. The 25-year-old hasn't provided much category juice -- he's hit just two homers and stolen only two bases -- but a guy swinging a stick this hot should be owned in more than eight percent of Yahoo leagues.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.