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.
Kevin Gausman has been cleared to rejoin the Orioles rotation and will take the hill on Monday against the Rays. The fourth overall selection from the 2012 draft, Gausman flashed some of his potential dominance in his latest rehab outing on Wednesday when he piled up nine strikeouts at Triple-A Norfolk. The 25-year-old right-hander has the ability to be a top of the rotation hurler and is owned in only 21% of Yahoo leagues at the moment. His type of upside is nearly impossible to find in-season on the waiver wire, so now would be a terrific time to pounce.