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Pickup of the Day

PUD 6/2: Lorenzo Cain

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

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.


Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Royals' loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday, but he's still hitting .328/.376/.426 on the year and should soon begin working his way up the struggling Kansas City batting order. Cain has a bit of pop and very good speed, making him a worthwhile third outfielder in deeper mixed fantasy leagues even if the slash line begins to regress. The 28-year-old once stole 34 bases in a minor league season, and he once hit 16 homers too.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter.