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.
The Rockies generated their first save chance on Friday since John Axford had been officially removed from the closer's role, and it was 26-year-old Tommy Kahnle who got the call from manager Walt Weiss. He came through the inning unscathed, striking out a pair and recording his first career save. For the season, Kahnle sports a 2.60 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 35/17 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. For those speculating on saves, opportunity is king, and it appears that Kahnle will get the first chance to run with the ninth-inning gig. He's certainly worth an addition in all NL-only and most mixed leagues.