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.
Yankees top pitching prospect Luis Severino looked sharp in his major league debut Wednesday night against the rival Red Sox, allowing just one earned run (and another unearned run) over five strong innings. He struck out seven and issued no walks. The 21-year-old right-hander had a 2.30 ERA and 323/81 K/BB ratio over 320 2/3 career minor league frames and should be up in the majors for good. There's big potential here for the stretch run. His next start will be on the road against the Indians.