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 Cubs unleashed Javier Baez on major league pitching earlier this month and now it's Jorge Soler's turn. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported late Monday that the 22-year-old outfielder will be called up from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Soler is known for his power potential and has compiled a .340/.432/.700 batting line with 15 home runs in 62 minor league games this season between rookie ball, Double-A, and Triple-A. The Cubs aren't calling him up to keep him on the bench, so he's well worth picking up if you are looking for some power upside for the stretch run. It should be a fun sneak preview at the very least.