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.
It has taken awhile for the highly-touted Byron Buxton to finally break through and start mashing against major league pitching, but it appears that breakout could finally be happening right before our very eyes. The 22-year-old, and second overall selection from the 2012 draft, has pulverized the baseball since his call-up on September 1, slashing a ridiculous .433/.452/1.067 with five homers and 12 RBI in eight games. He's hitting the ball over the fence too much to show it, but remember that Buxton owns game-changing speed as well and should be good for a couple of thefts the rest of the way. He's currently owned in just 43% of all Yahoo leagues and has the ability to be a difference-maker over the final three weeks of the season.