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 Braves have again grown tired of Dan Uggla's poor production and finally called in a legitimate reinforcement on Wednesday afternoon, adding 25-year-old prospect Tommy La Stella to their active roster and starting him at second base in Wednesday night's game at Fenway Park. Atlanta was blanked 4-0, but La Stella went 2-for-4 in what was his major league debut. He doesn't have great power or speed, but La Stella was a .322/.407/.474 hitter in 288 minor league games and could be of value in NL-only fantasy formats or as a middle infield option in deeper mixed leagues that count OBP.