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.
The Orioles didn’t want to carry Hyun-soo Kim on their Opening Day roster after his awful spring training, but a clause in the outfielder’s contract allowed him to refuse a minor league assignment. However, all Kim has done with his opportunities is hit, sporting a .386/.460/.455 batting line over 50 appearances. It’s finally led to more playing time, as he’s making his fifth straight start in left field Sunday. Kim could easily take hold of the left field job, at least against righties, and the 28-year-old is worth a shot in deeper formats.