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.
Domingo Santana has been battling some soreness in his right lat of late, which has left him available mostly only to pinch-hit over the last week. Santana’s absence has resulted in Alex Presley settling in in right field and also in the leadoff spot. The 30-year-old has taken advantage of the playing time with a .324/.400/.618 batting line with three homers and eight RBI over 40 plate appearances. Even if Santana returns to the lineup soon, Presley has likely earned some starts in center field. With a little bit of pop and speed, he’s worth a look in deeper leagues.