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.
Rays left-hander Drew Smyly completed his third minor league rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Charlotte, striking out four batters and yielding only one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He's probably going to need one more outing in the minors to get his pitch count up but the talented young southpaw should then make his regular-season debut for Tampa Bay on April 29 at Yankee Stadium. Smyly, 25, posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.755 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season after the July trade that sent him from the Tigers to the Rays. It's time he's owned in all standard fantasy leagues.