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.
We’re going to leave the easy jokes aside here and just say that if you want to take a chance on a starting pitcher in a deeper league, Indians prospect right-hander Shane Bieber is worth a look as a streaming option. Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed Monday that he’ll be called up to make his major league debut Thursday against the Twins. The 22-year-old is known for his elite control, posting a 2.19 ERA with 244 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 262 2/3 innings in the minors. He had a 1.10 ERA over 10 starts between Double- and Triple-A this year while walking just three batters. Bieber might not have the best raw stuff, but his ability to command his pitches could make him a useful pitcher in fantasy leagues for years to come. This will likely just be a spot start, but it should be a fun sneak preview.