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.
Digging deep for streaming options, keep Blue Jays left-hander Thomas Pannone in mind. The 24-year-old held the Rays to two runs in 6 2/3 innings last time out and gets them again this Friday. He’s now allowed exactly two runs in three straight starts while completing six innings in all of them. Pannone is a soft-tosser, but he’s getting a decent number of whiffs on all of his pitches and has shown good control in the minors. Still available in 91 percent of Yahoo leagues, he’s well worth a try as a matchup play.