With the little guy long gone, Worcester is currently a very lonely place. They have three picks in the second round of this draft, which consists primarily of question marks and journeymen. Colin is hoping that the pressure of playing for the league’s least-loved franchise can turn at least one of his lumps of coal into a diamond. The good news is, with 3 chances, his odds of finding someone he could franchise for the summer season go up, and he’ll have the first round picks to potentially build a winner that season.
Pitching: Colin is a known quantity, and will provide solid pitching at the top of the rotation. None of the 2nd round players are projected as pitchers, so the Weemen will need to hope an unknown finds a golden arm to keep this team in games when Colin is not on the bump, otherwise it could be a real long season.
Hitting: Hitting may also prove a struggle for this squad. Colin’s winter stats last year were in the bottom 1/3 of the league, so he may need a lot of help from his 2nd round pu pu platter. Of that group, Mike King carries a big stick, but as a pull-power guy may struggle with the indoor dimensions. A lot of the other gentlemen likely to land on this team have never played in the league, so it’s anyone’s guess what they’ll bring to the plate.
Fielding: This is a complete question mark. Colin is not an elite fielder, but he’s not a liability. The team will be hoping to find someone to replace outgoing king-of-the-handy Willette as anchor of this D, and needs another competent fielder as well. Losing always sucks, but losing due to bad defense is particularly frustrating.
There’s no sugar-coating it, the Weemen are not likely to contend this season, and they know it. They’re in what projects to be the tougher division, may not have a serviceable #2 pitcher, and will likely end up with some new players to the league who take a few weeks to acclimate to the style of play. Colin’s pitching should steal them a few wins if his supporting cast can put a few runs on the board, but Worcester will likely end this season looking up from the bottom of the Bones division, and looking forward to better days ahead.
Written by Mike Houle
NEAWL Associate Staff