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.
Jimmy Paredes has intrigued teams with his athleticism and flash of tools, but he’s failed to do a whole lot with his chances at the major league level. That said, the 26-year-old has looked good in his brief opportunities with the Orioles, batting .302/.327/.491 with two homers and two steals over 18 games last season and .364/.368/.636 with a couple homers in spring training before hurting his back. Paredes returned from the disabled list Saturday, started at designated hitter and went 2-for-5 with a run scored. He’s in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Sunday and with Steve Pearce struggling and both J.J. Hardy (shoulder) and Jonathan Schoop (knee) injured, there are at-bats to be had. Paredes could produce some short-term value and is virtually unowned in all fantasy leagues.