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Pickup of the Day

PUD 8/5: Mike Zunino

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.

 

Is Mike Zunino finally figuring it out? It’s only a 38 at-bat sample size, sure, but Zunino is batting .263/.391/.737 with five homers for the Mariners this season and has surpassed Chris Iannetta on the depth chart. The former top prospect has also hit .286/.376/.521 with 17 dingers at Triple-A Tacoma this season. We’re talking about a guy who was a career .193/.252/.353 hitter coming into 2016, so one shouldn’t get too overly excited about his nice start. However, Zunino is still just 25 and has some of the best raw power at the catcher position. He should be owned in two-catcher formats.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.