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.
With Carlos Gomez heading to the disabled list with a hamstring injury, the Brewers have a mammoth hole to fill in center field. Enter 27-year-old Gerardo Parra. While he's better known for his terrific glovework, Parra also possesses a nice blend of power and speed and is certainly capable of delivering mixed league value with everyday at-bats. He went 1-for-2 plus a walk and drove home a pair of runs in Friday's loss to the Pirates and should continue to contribute in all areas of the box score for as long as Gomez remains on the shelf. For a minimum investment on the waiver wire, he could return a tidy profit over the next two weeks.