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.
I bet you expected to see Joey Gallo here. I understand that. He's an exciting prospect, but chances are he's already gone in a lot of leagues. You don't need my help with that. Instead, I'm going to look a bit deeper. The Mariners optioned Chris Taylor to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, which means that Brad Miller will get another chance as the regular shortstop. Granted, the 25-year-old is batting just .222 dating back to the start of last season, but he has pop and patience and is capable of stealing a few bases. He's also eligible at three positions, which makes him a useful player to have around in deeper mixed formats. Miller is available in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, which feels like too many.