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.
If you haven't noticed, Kendrys Morales has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last week. We're talking about five home runs and 14 RBI over his last six games. Those numbers are real. This run for Morales can actually traced all the way back to the middle of June, when he started making up for a slow start with a fury of big-time offensive game. He's slashing .305/.377/.579 with 20 homers and 54 RBI in 73 games since June 17. So, yeah, you should have made this pickup then. But he could even remain available now. Many gave up on Morales after those sluggish first two months.