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.
It might seem a little odd recommending that you pick up a guy who’s currently hitting .108/.298/.216, but sometimes you have to look beyond a rough start. Nate McLouth was a top-40 fantasy outfielder last year with the Orioles when he batted .258/.329/.399 with 12 home runs and 30 stolen bases, and with Bryce Harper’s thumb surgery, the 32-year-old is looking at regular at-bats over the next two months. McLouth hit his first homer of the season the day Harper went on the DL and offers fantasy owners some power and speed potential as a waiver wire pick-up.