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Pickup of the Day

PUD 4/11: Mark Canha

by David Shovein
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.

Mark Canha, a 26-year-old Rule 5 selection, earned a spot on the Athletics' Opening Day roster with a monster .297/.342/.635 slash with six long balls and 13 RBI in 74 at-bats during Cactus League play. He was expected to function solely as a right-handed bat off the bench and spot starter against southpaws, but he's off to such a terrific start that he could push for additional playing time. Through his first three big league contests, he's 7-for-14 (.500) with a homer and league-leading six RBI. While he isn't likely to continue at this blistering pace, he's certainly worth riding while he's hot, especially in daily leagues.

David Shovein
Dave Shovein is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveShovein.