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.
It's starting to sound as if the Reds are finally ready to give Tony Cingrani another shot in the starting rotation. Manager Bryan Price indicated Friday that the 26-year-old southpaw is under consideration to start for the big league club on Wednesday against the Cubs. He has been lights-out on his minor league rehab assignment thus far, striking out 12 batters over nine scoreless innings. Remember, this is a guy that as a 23-year-old in 2013 posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 120/43 K/BB ratio over 104 2/3 innings. With his ability to miss bats, he has a chance to be an impact addition in mixed leagues for the remainder of the season and should be a very popular addition this week.