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.
I'm not going to insult your intelligence by putting Jonathan Singleton as today's Pickup of the Day. That should be obvious already. But De La Rosa is a pretty good option too. The 25-year-old right-hander shined in his season debut Saturday against the Rays, allowing four hits and no walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out eight batters. Per Brooks Baseball, he averaged around 96 mph with his fastball and topped out at 100.5 mph (!). He got 17 swings and misses in all, most of them coming on his excellent changeup. De La Rosa had a very promising start to his career with the Dodgers prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2011, but he could be ready to take off again. For what it's worth, the 25-year-old had a 3.04 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings over 10 starts in Triple-A prior to his call-up. Things could get complicated in Boston's rotation when Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront are both back from the DL, but it's worth taking a chance on De La Rosa's upside in deeper formats.