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 Cardinals lost both Stephen Piscotty (hamstring) and Dexter Fowler (shoulder) to injuries Thursday. Piscotty has already been placed on the disabled list and Fowler appears headed there, which means there are plenty of at-bats to be had in the Cards outfield. A guy who has done as much as he could with the at-bats he’s been given so far is Jose Martinez, who boasts a .351/.403/.456 batting line over 63 plate appearances since St. Louis brought him up last September. Martinez is 28 and can’t really be considered a prospect anymore, but he had some big years in the minors, including when he hit an absurd .382/.456/.559 over 102 games at the Triple-A level in the Royals organization in 2015. He’s certainly a wild card, but Martinez should see regular playing time for at least the next 10 days and is worth a shot.