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.
With the struggling Randal Grichuk demoted to High-A Palm Beach on Monday, the door is open for Tommy Pham to receive regular playing time with the Cardinals. He’s earned an extended opportunity in this outfield by putting up a .333/.415/.609 batting line with five home runs, 14 RBI, and four steals through 20 games this season. He has shown plenty of patience while making hard contact on a regular basis. Pham has hit second in four out of his last five starts, so there’s a lot to like in this situation from a fantasy perspective. He’s still available in over 90 percent of Yahoo leagues, but likely not for long.