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.
Mets rookie starter Jacob deGrom finished his first half on a dominant note, allowing just one run and posting a 19/2 K/BB ratio over his final two starts (14 innings) against the Braves and Marlins. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 3.18 ERA and 72/28 K/BB over his first 73 2/3 major league innings and yet he's still unowned in a large majority of Yahoo fantasy baseball leagues. Pick him up if he's available and see if he can keep the good times rolling in the second half of the 2014 season.