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.
When Avisail Garcia went down with a torn left labrum in early April, the White Sox quickly ruled him out for the season. However, the 23-year-old has made a rapid recovery and is poised to rejoin the big club this month. Garcia hasn’t shown any rustiness during his rehab assignment, picking up eight hits – including a home run – in his first 15 plate appearances. He’s only been used in the DH spot so far but should begin playing the outfield soon. The young slugger is owned in just nine percent of Yahoo! leagues at the moment but is a worthy roster stash if you have the room.