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.
The Cubs have shifted the struggling Travis Wood to the bullpen, opening up the fifth spot in the rotation for Tsuyoshi Wada. Wada lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Padres on Wednesday in his first start in the majors this season, but he fanned nine batters and yielded just two runs. In 14 starts for the Cubs over the last two campaigns, Wada boasts a 3.28 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 66/20 K/BB ratio over 74 frames. The stuff isn’t overpowering, but the crafty lefty looks like a guy who could help in deeper leagues.