May 14: Jarrod Dyson

D.J. Short

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.

With Jeff Francoeur struggling, Royals manager Ned Yost has given Dyson an increased role in recent days, playing him in center field against right-handed starters (and Lorenzo Cain in right) and batting him leadoff. The 28-year-old isn't great with the bat and doesn't have much pop, but he's quietly one of the best basestealers around, going 56-for-64 in stolen base attempts over 163 major league games. He should be pretty useful in fantasy leagues as long as Yost sticks with him.

Previous Pickup of the Days:

May 13: John Gast
May 10: Scott Kazmir
May 9: Heath Bell

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