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Pickup of the Day

PUD 4/17: Rafael Ortega

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.


The Angels placed Daniel Nava on the disabled list Saturday with left patella tendinitis and called up Rafael Ortega to replace him on the roster. It appears Ortega is also going to replace Nava as the left fielder and No. 2 hitter against right-handers, as he’s in that role for the second straight day Sunday. Ortega stole a base Saturday and has enough speed to warrant a look in deeper fantasy leagues if he’s going to play regularly for a few weeks. 

Ryan Boyer
Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter.