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.
Grandal got off to a slow start this season, but he has turned things around in a big way in recent days with seven hits in his last nine at-bats, including a home run (a walk-off blast on Sunday) and a pair of doubles. The 26-year-old recently told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that a minor shoulder problem compromised his swing in the first few weeks of the season, but he's feeling better now. Don't forget that Grandal had 15 homers in 128 games last season and was among the league leaders in average batted ball distance. He's still available in nearly 80 percent of Yahoo leagues, which I think is way too many. He's a fine alternative for those who have dealt with injuries behind the plate during the early part of the season.