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 Mets are ready to try something different at shortstop after watching Ruben Tejada bat .183 with a .509 OPS over the first five weeks of the 2014 season. Enter 22-year-old prospect Wilmer Flores. He's not a good defensive infielder, but Flores is batting .307 with an .860 OPS, five home runs, and 25 RBI in 29 games this season at Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to join the big-league club before Friday night's series-opener against the Phillies. Flores should get semi-regular playing time, and is worth a look in deeper mixed fantasy formats.