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.
A's shortstop Marcus Semien had a two-homer night Tuesday against the Angels and is now sporting a .926 OPS through 30 plate appearances this season. That's big-time production from the shortstop position, and the 25-year-old Semien offers more upside than some of the other shortstops selected ahead of him this spring -- his average draft position (ADP) in Yahoo Leagues was 231.4. Semien, a former top-100 prospect, registered an .859 OPS with 19 home runs, 69 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 115 games at the Triple-A level. He had 15 homers and 11 steals his first full season in Oakland. He's still batting ninth for the A's on a regular basis, but Semien can climb up that so-so lineup if he continues to rake. There's no reason he should be on the waiver wire still in a standard 12-team league.