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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 6/5

by Drew Silva
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.



However you feel about the situation, it’s probably time to consider stashing Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang, who went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in his third game with High-A Bradenton on Monday. He is now 6-for-12 with two home runs, seven RBI, and three walks since returning to live MLB-affiliated games last Friday. The 31-year-old missed the entire 2017 season following his third DUI arrest in Seoul, South Korea back in December 2016. He is on track to join the Pirates’ active roster by the middle of June and is currently owned in just two percent of Yahoo leagues.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter.