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.
Padres third base prospect Cory Spangenberg has had a major impact in his first two major league games, hitting a two-run single in his debut on Monday and then slugging a pinch-hit walkoff homer Tuesday night. The 23-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft and batted .317/.353/.455 with two homers, 17 doubles, and 10 triples in 74 games this season between three different levels of the Padres' minor league system. He also stole 16 bases. This is a dynamic talent, and the Friars might as well start him regularly down the stretch. Give him a shot in NL-only fantasy leagues and deep mixed leagues. He's obviously a good player to speculate on in dynasty formats.