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 opened the 2014 season with Kolten Wong as their starting second baseman but demoted him to Triple-A Memphis on April 27 after he batted just .225/.276/.268 over his first 76 plate appearances. That stint in the minors is already over. Wong was brought back to St. Louis on Wednesday evening and is expected to again step into the regular role at second. He hit .344/.382/.484 with two homers, 10 RBI, five stolen bases, and 14 runs scored in his 15-game stay at Triple-A Memphis, and he's now a .309/.371/.468 hitter with 12 homers and 25 steals in 122 career Triple-A games. Wong has nothing left to prove on the farm, and he should finally be ready to prove that he's a legit major leaguer. Add him again in standard mixed leagues.