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 Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs hitting the disabled list, the Rangers called up prospect slugger Joey Gallo on Monday. The 22-year-old just returned from a groin injury last week, but he was batting .265/.415/.639 with eight homers through 24 games this season in Triple-A. We’re only talking about 106 plate appearances, but he did a better job making contact. He struck out in just 22.6 percent of his plate appearances after striking 39.5 percent of the time in Triple-A last year and 46.3 percent (!) of the time during his first taste of the majors. It’s unclear how the playing time will shake out, but there’s opportunity in the outfield and maybe even at first base with Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder struggling. If you need some pop, he’s got plenty of it. Take the gamble.