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’s not the way the Reds wanted to open up a spot for him, but Billy Hamilton’s strained oblique has led to Jose Peraza taking over as the club’s center fielder and leadoff hitter. The speedy 22-year-old is sporting a blistering .455/.471/.591 batting line with a homer and four stolen bases in 18 games since his recall last month. He’s produced 14 steals in just 161 plate appearances this season and has pilfered bases by the truckload during his time in the minors. To top it all off, Peraza is eligible at second base, shortstop and the outfield in Yahoo leagues.