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.
Ryan Hanigan was placed on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend with a strained left oblique, so Mesoraco figures to get the majority of the playing time behind the plate for now. The 25-year-old backstop owns an underwhelming .215/.290/.356 batting line through 276 plate appearances in the majors, but he has shown legitimate power potential in the minors and is widely considered the Reds' catcher of the future. His biggest issue has been opportunity. Now he has it. Mesoraco should be owned in all NL-only leagues already, but he could be a useful pickup in two-catcher mixed formats over the next couple of weeks.
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April 22 - Anthony Rendon