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.
Joe Kelly was facing a tired and uninspired Yankees team Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, but he still deserves credit for barrelling right through them. The 26-year-old right-hander yielded just one run on one hit over seven innings while striking out eight, picking up a win in his 2015 regular-season debut. He lost his control for a bit in the second inning but wound up retiring the final 17 batters he faced. Kelly has always had an impressive arsenal -- four legitimate pitches with good velocity and movement -- and now he's looking to put it all together in his first full season with Boston. Up next is a start at home against the Orioles.