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 the devastating injury sustained by Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, there is a void to fill in the middle of their lineup. Jorge Soler seems primed to take that vacancy and run with it. The 24-year-old outfielder still has a lot of swing-and-miss to his game, but he's immensely talented and should be in line for a full complement of at-bats. This caliber of waiver wire pickup, with the combination of talent and opportunity, doesn't come around often. Now's the time to pounce.