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.
With Josh Reddick on the shelf over the next few weeks with a hyperextended knee, Craig Gentry is slated to see regular duty in the A’s outfield. The former Ranger really only has one tool for fantasy owners, and it’s his speed. The burner has stolen 66 bases over 883 plate appearances during his career while being caught just 10 times. That includes a perfect 10-for-10 success rate in stolen base attempts this year despite the fact that he barely has over 100 at-bats. Gentry isn’t a total zero at the plate (.276/.350/.358 during his career), and he’s going to run when he gets on base. If your fantasy team is light on speed, scoop him up.