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 recommended De La Rosa after he made his season debut at the end of May and I'm going to do it again now that it looks like he'll have a chance to stick in the starting rotation during the second half. The 25-year-old right-hander has shown flashes of brilliance so far this season, putting up a 2.89 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings across six starts. Sure, he still has control issues from time-to-time, but he also has the velocity and gets plenty of whiffs on his changeup and slider. Felix Doubront is in the bullpen now and Jake Peavy could soon be traded, so we should see more of what De La Rosa can do. I think there's some sneaky potential here the rest of the way. De La Rosa is owned in just eight percent of Yahoo leagues right now.