The Chiefs have a big decision to be made on their franchise player (blame the Commish for not setting a deadline). They made a trade that many people forgot about last season, which may greatly benefit them this upcoming season, in acquiring league slugger Tadd LeRocque. Tadd is one of the most underrated players in the league, finishing the 2015-S season with a .389 average and 10 home runs. He also lead the league in home runs in the 2015-W season.
On the other hand, they have the 2015-S rookie of the year still under contract. Smith came into the league and his offensive prowess was immediately felt. His .358 average and 9 home runs was just shy of LeRocque's numbers. With more experience, Smith may see those numbers improve. LeRocque's or Smith's offense should greatly help the Chiefs if they could land an ace pitcher in the draft. It just so happens, arguably the best Winter pitcher of all time, is in the draft (alarms bells should be ringing from the 2014-W Chief season).
David Fisher, one of the all time greats, blessed our league with his ability two winters ago. His first year, he led the Bassholes to a championship and again the following winter where he was literally unhittable throughout the regular season. This may be the year where he finally leaves the Flushing Pond area and heads to a more urban location in Lowell. With Fisher's overall talent, he would make the Chiefs the favorite in the Grenade division immediately. If general manager Jon G. can add another piece around him to compliment Fisher and LeRocque/Smith, there is no reason why this team cannot make a trip to the ship.
Pitching - We all know you need that stud pitcher in order to win in this league and one of the best pitchers is available to them in the draft. While LeRocque or Smith may not be the ace they need, they are more than serviceable as the #2 pitcher. They may provide depth, but when you have someone who can throw multiple perfect games in a season, that's all you need.
Hitting - Winter is a much different animal than the Spring season and offense is tough to come by. The good news for the Chiefs is that they have some options in two very good offensive players in LeRocque and Smith. WIth FIsh throwing zero to one run games, all it may take is one swing of the bat from LeRocque/Smith to seal a victory. Let's not forget David Fisher is no slouch either at the plate, as he was a top 5 hitter last winter season.
Fielding - This is where things get a little bit tougher to predict. Sure everyone thinks they are great fielders, but realistically there are only a handful of reliable fielders out there. With the second round being so tough to predict, it's hard to tell who will land on the Chiefs' in the second round. Assuming player availability right now, let's just say it looks like a familiar face will be going back to Lowell (hint hint: he loves oiling up and letting the sun warm his chest) who will fill the fielding void nicely.
Next up: Pre-Draft Report: Los Pollos Blancos of Arlington
Written by Nick O'Keefe
NEAWL Senior Staff