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.
When the Red Sox recalled Brock Holt back in mid-May, they were hoping he could give them a solid glove option at third base while Will Middlebrooks (finger) was on the disabled list. What they didn’t expect was that they’d be moving Holt around to different positions to make sure his hot bat stayed in the lineup. Holt extended his hitting streak to 10 games with another two-hit effort Tuesday and is now batting .340/.368/.480 with one homer, nine RBI and two steals in 23 games since last month’s promotion. Holt has batted .307/.372/.410 during his minor league career, so perhaps the 26-year-old isn’t a total flash in the pan. You should ride his hot bat for a while.