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 inevitable Brandon Morrow (shoulder) injury has occurred, which means Odrisamer Despaigne will get another shot in the Padres’ rotation. Despaigne has struck out just 10 over 21 1/3 innings this season while making two starts and four relief appearances, but he’s managed a 2.95 ERA. The crafty right-hander boasts a 3.29 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over his first 117 2/3 frames in the majors and is a mixed league-worthy option, especially when pitching at Petco Park.