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.
The Padres are expected to trade Melvin Upton soon, which may or may not be related to Manuel Margot being removed from Saturday’s game at Triple-A El Paso in the fourth inning. Either way, we’re likely to see the top prospect soon. Margot placed No. 39 in Baseball America’s midseason prospect rankings and has batted .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 steals for El Paso this season. He figures to provide speed right away, at the very least.