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.
The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left hamstring strain and called up top infield prospect Anthony Rendon in a corresponding roster move. Rendon, 22, will start at the hot corner for however long Zimmerman is sidelined and should carry value in standard mixed fantasy leagues during that time. The sixth overall pick in 2011 was batting .292 with a .962 OPS and two home runs in 65 plate appearances at Double-A Harrisburg. He has a great plate approach and a burgeoning power stroke.