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Pickup of the Day

PUD 5/15: Michael Bourn

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.


Michael Bourn had to settle for a pair of minor league contracts after the Braves released him last month, first with the Blue Jays and then with the Diamondbacks. However, on Sunday the D’Backs called the veteran outfielder up with David Peralta (wrist) heading to the disabled list, and Bourn should get an opportunity for them in center field. He’s batted only .253/.313/.336 in the majors the last three seasons, but Bourn can still provide some speed if you’re starved for stolen bases in your league.

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