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.
Battered by major injuries at multiple positions, the Rangers have been forced to try career minor leaguer Brad Snyder as their starting first baseman. And the experiment has not been a total bust. Snyder went 2-for-3 with a solo home run on Sunday and is sporting a cool .817 OPS through his first 18 plate appearances with the big-league club. The 32-year-old was batting .284/.350/.573 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI in 61 games at Triple-A Round Rock before his June 10 promotion to Arlington, Texas. Give him a shot in deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats.