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.
Jake Lamb outplayed Yasmany Tomas all spring both at the plate and in the field, and the Diamondbacks responded him by naming him the team’s third baseman and sending Tomas to Triple-A. Lamb has rewarded the club with a bases-clearing double in the first game and a homer and four RBI in the second game. The 24-year-old is a top-100 prospect who batted .327/.407/.566 between Double- and Triple-A last season and is currently owned in just 19 percent of Yahoo leagues.