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.
Has anyone been paying attention to what Mike Minor has been up to lately? Sometimes, looking a full season's worth of numbers isn't really indicative of how a player is performing at a given time. The Rangers' left-hander has been dominant over his last eight starts, posting a 6-2 record, 2.63 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 44/10 K/BB ratio over 48 innings. He's still owned in less than half of all Yahoo leagues, and draws a nice matchup against Marco Gonzales and the Mariners on Saturday. At this stage of the season, every win and every strikeout are critical, so if he's available in your league he's absolutely worth picking up as a streaming option. He has racked up seven or more strikeouts in three of his last four outings.