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.
Shane Victorino (back, hamstring) ran into another setback in his rehab on Wednesday and Jackie Bradley Jr. is batting just .211/.292/.302 on the season, so it feels like the Red Sox may be preparing to turn to red-hot prospect Mookie Betts, who has transitioned from second base to center field at Triple-A Pawtucket. Betts, an ultra-athletic former fifth-round pick, has hit .350/.436/.527 with eight home runs, 48 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and 68 runs scored in 75 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A. Stash him now in mixed fantasy leagues. Mookie's time is coming.