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.
Looking for a weekend streamer available in just about every league? Try out Twins right-hander Chase De Jong, who will start at Kansas City on Saturday. In his Minnesota debut this past Sunday, De Jong worked four scoreless innings against the Royals, striking out five. We’d expect him to be able to handle six-to-seven innings in his rematch with KC. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Mariners on July 30 as part of the Zach Duke trade. The Royals rank 29th among all major league teams in runs scored.