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.
It still seems likely that the Cardinals will wait until June to promote top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras to avoid him qualifying for Super Two status down the line. Matt Holliday is locked in right now as St. Louis' left fielder, Allen Craig is in right, and Taveras doesn't seem capable of playing center on an everyday basis. But the 21-year-old Dominican slugger is doing everything he can to force a move. Taveras extended his hitting streak to 14 games on Wednesday night at Triple-A Memphis, where he is now sporting a 322/.378/.544 batting line with five home runs, 17 RBI, and 49 total bases in 24 games. Stash him now and hope the Cardinals act quickly.