2018 Outlook: Vazquez opened the 2017 campaign as the Red Sox's backup backstop, but by season's end, he was the personal catcher for three of the five Boston starters. It remains to be seen if new skipper Alex Cora will continue to deploy the same arrangement, but regardless, Vazquez won't play less than he did when he caught three-fifths of the staff. Defense and a rocket arm are primarily what earn Vazquez his playing time, but solid contact skills made him a usable fantasy option last season. The .290 average he submitted, however, was propped up by a .348 BABIP, which was supported by a high line-drive rate but called into question by a low hard-hit rate. Since there's more variance associated with hitting line drives, Vazquez's average could be at risk. High contact will help maintain a reasonable floor, but plan on some regression. Vazquez doesn't have much power, but in Boston's deep and productive lineup, he should chip in with ample runs and RBI to be a top-20 fantasy contributor.
2018 Outlook: Though Swihart has yet to find a regular position at which to break in at the big-league level or show the modest pop he did during the lower minor league levels, he might emerge as a utilityman for the Red Sox this year due to his being out of options. He could factor as a backup catcher, second baseman or outfielder, none of which is likely to result in regular plate appearances. Swihart would need to show better contact or more of a fly-ball stroke during spring training to warrant second-catcher consideration in AL-only leagues.