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.
Dexter Fowler was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left forearm strain and to fill that vacant roster spot the Cardinals promoted outfield prospect Harrison Bader from Triple-A Memphis. Bader nearly beat out a routine grounder to shortstop in his first MLB at-bat on Tuesday night against the Rockies and he scored the winning run in the 3-2 victory after hitting a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Bader, 23, was batting .297/.354/.517 with 19 home runs and nine stolen bases in 97 games this season at Triple-A Memphis and has the ability to provide meaningful fantasy value for however long Fowler remains sidelined.