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.
While the Braves are eagerly anticipating Brian McCann's return from shoulder surgery, Evan Gattis continues to emerge as a surprising early-season contributor. The 26-year-old launched his second home run in five games last night and has hit cleanup in each of his last three starts with Freddie Freeman (oblique) sidelined. Gattis' path to the majors has been unconventional to say the least, but his power is playing against major league pitching. And he appears to have the edge over Gerald Laird for playing time right now. There might not be a spot for him when McCann returns in a few weeks, but he's well worth a short-term investement in NL-only and two-catcher mixed leagues.
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