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.
Brad Miller has been a huge disappointment at shortstop for the Mariners this season, and the club is ready to give someone else a shot. Chris Taylor was promoted Thursday from Triple-A Tacoma, where he was batting .328/.397/.497 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases over 75 games. Manager Lloyd McClendon said that the former fifth-round pick will "get his fair share of playing time," and he threw Taylor right into the fire with a start Thursday (Taylor went 1-for-3 in his debut). Those in deeper leagues with a middle infield need might be wise to give the 23-year-old a chance.