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.
In the wake of Zack Cozart's season-ending knee injury, a door has been opened for Eugenio Suarez to seize the everyday role at shortstop for the Reds. As they don't appear to be in contention for a playoff spot, it's unlikely the team is going to pursue an upgrade via trade, so they should allow Suarez to get a full run to see what they have in the 23-year-old. He flashed surprising pop with the Tigers in 2014 and at Triple-A Louisville where he slashed .256/.348/.438 with eight homers and 25 RBI prior to his call-up. With the overall offensive futility of the shortstop position around the league, Suarez is certainly worth a look in deeper mixed leagues. He's off to a nice start with the Reds as well, collecting a game-winning RBI single in Friday's victory over the Cubs as well as swiping a base.