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.
A.J. Pierzynski was dropped (or remained unowned) in the large majority of standard fantasy leagues by the time his tenure with the Red Sox was over. He hit just .254/.286/.348 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 72 games for Boston and is playing this season at age 37, so giving up on the guy made sense. But it may be time to reconsider. A.J. rattled off three hits in his debut with the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field and then doubled in Sunday's series finale. He could see a good amount of playing time down the stretch for St. Louis -- the Cards already know what they have in Tony Cruz -- and is worth another try in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.