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.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani struck out five batters over four innings in his first minor league rehab appearance Saturday with Double-A Pensacola and should be cleared to join the Cincinnati starting rotation after one more stop on the farm. DeSclafani opened the 2016 season on the 15-day disabled list after suffering an oblique strain late in spring training and he was drafted in only 40 percent of Yahoo leagues. In many of those leagues, he has been dropped by impatient owners. We still like the 26-year-old right-hander as a possible breakout candidate after he made changes to his mix of pitches last season and showed much better swing-and-miss ability down the stretch. Make the stash now.