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.
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas has rattled off five straight multi-hit games and is due to bat cleanup for the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon. For the season, he's sporting a 346/.391/.432 slash line, and the 23-year-old's much-hyped power stroke is beginning to show. Yet he is owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo fantasy baseball leagues at the time of this posting. If Tomas is available, go grab him. After showing up to Diamondbacks camp out of shape this spring and then struggling to pick up third base defensively, he's beginning to gain the trust of Arizona management. And he's looking more and more comfortable as a major leaguer with every passing day.