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.
Desperate for an upgrade at shortstop, the Tigers dipped into their minor league system Wednesday and called up infield prospect Eugenio Suarez from Triple-A Toledo. Suarez, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, was batting .288/.360/.510 with eight home runs, 36 RBI, nine stolen bases, and 32 runs scored in 54 games this season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Jose Iglesias (shins) is done for the year, Andrew Romine hasn't hit a lick, and Danny Worth was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot for Suarez. He should be given a chance to run away with Detroit's starting gig at short. Try him out in AL-only formats and deep mixed leagues.