Pitching will be outstanding with everyone returning and the addition of Blanco.
The most notable losses are Doyle, Sappingfield, Blanchard, and Hasselbach.
My opinion is that Falk can slide in for Blanchard at 1B, and Hasselbach's bat can be replaced by Susalla. Shouldn't be much of a drop-off with those two, if any. Blanco is also a very good hitter and should get chances at the plate.
Doyle and Sappingfield will be tougher to replace. Christner will probably take one of the two open outfield positions, but I have no idea who will get the other. Vargas and Swearingen are infielders but maybe one of them could play there. I'm sure at least one will also be transitioned to a lefty slapper role because Abby is our only slap hitter left. (And to be honest, I would like to see Abby revert back to her former style.)
My biggest concern is finding the 1, 2, and 4 hitters who can set up and protect Romero. If Falk can immediately step into the 4 slot and be effective, that will be huge. I'm a big fan of hers but you never know how quickly players will adjust to college ball.
How far will they go? I really have no idea. Hutch, the pitching staff, defense, and the Romo factor can carry the team, but the new regulars will determine where they end up.
Regardless, I think 2016 is our best chance to win it all. Pitching will be strong, Romo will be a Senior, and there will be quality depth everywhere. I'm as excited about Sobczak coming in as I was about Romo. Peters will start from day one and Canfield has a good shot to do the same. Those three are absolute studs. Overall, it may be the most talented Michigan softball team ever.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!