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 sought to improve their outfield defense over the offseason with the addition of Peter Bourjos, but Bourjos is off to a .190/.261/.310 start at the plate and the team has lost patience with the rest of the offense also struggling. That has meant more playing time for Jon Jay, who has started eight of the team’s last 11 games. Jay is batting a nice .295/.354/.455 to this point with one home run, one stolen base and nine RBI. He doesn’t have any standout tools but makes for a nice final outfielder in deeper leagues while he’s playing regularly.