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.
Getting decent production out of a second catcher spot, especially in deeper mixed leagues that employ two backstops, can be a year-long struggle and a constant churn of waiver wire fodder. This week however, with Blake Swihart's demotion to Triple-A, there's an opening in Beantown for Christian Vazquez to see the bulk of the playing time. The 25-year-old flashed some power and average skills in the minor leagues and he'll be hitting in a good lineup in a terrific home park for right-handed hitters. No, Vazquez isn't going to light the world on fire, but consistent at-bats from the catcher position definitely have fantasy value and can be useful in deeper mixed and AL-only formats.