The Lexington Legends open their 12th season Thursday, beginning a seven-game road trip at Greensboro, N.C.
Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will get the start in the first of four games against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Legends will then travel to Hagerstown, Md., for three games against the Suns.
Lexington's home opener, April 12 at 7:05 p.m., will come against the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Former big-league shortstop Ivan DeJesus, who was third-base coach for the Chicago Cubs last season, is back for his second stint as manager of the Legends. His first season in the Bluegrass was 2004.
"I'm excited. We've got a lot of good talent out there," DeJesus said before Wednesday's final pre-season workout at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. "We finished real good in spring training. Played good. Everybody's healthy. That's the main thing."
A dozen Legends have previous experience with the team, including Foltynewicz.
A 2010 first-round draft pick (19th overall), he went 5-11 with a 4.97 ERA last season. Now 20, he had the best fastball in the Astros' system last year, according to Baseball America.
Others who have had Legends experience are pitchers Tanner Bushue, Jason Chowning, Luis Cruz, Murilo Gouvea and Carlos Quevedo, catchers Roberto Pena and Mike Kvasnicka (who played mostly at third base last year), outfielders Emilio King and Jordan Scott, and infielders Tyler Burnett and Delino DeShields Jr.
Chowning led the Legends in ERA last year (2.45). King was the team MVP. Kvasnicka was a South Atlantic League all-star.
"We've got good pitching, good defense," DeJesus said. "We have to make things happen to score a lot of runs because we don't have enough power. Other than that, I think we're going to be OK."
Former Georgia standout Chase Davidson, who slugged 11 homers in rookie ball last season, would have helped the power situation, but he is recovering from recent surgery.
Foltynewicz will be followed in the rotation by Bushue, Jonas Dufek, Kyle Hallock and Nick Tropeano. Hallock is the only left-hander in the group.
A pair of lefties could have a shot at closing, though — Cruz and Scott Zuloaga.
Quevedo, who made 26 starts in 27 appearances last season, leads the list of long-relief candidates. He led the team in wins (eight) and innings pitched (151), and led the league in walks-per-nine-innings ratio, issuing only 19 free passes.
"Pitching is the main thing," DeJesus said. "You can win a lot of games by one run if you have a good defense.
"The offense is going to come around (once they) get used to the league and make the proper adjustment."
Lexington's probable batting order Thursday: DeShields, 2b; Jordan Scott, lf; Zach Johnson, 1b; Tyler Burnett or Mike Kvasnicka, dh; Matt Duffy, 3b; King, rf; ; Drew Muren, cf; Pena, c; Jimmy Howick, ss.
■ Kvasnicka and outfielder Justin Gominsky were college teammates at Minnesota.
■ The Legends have Southeastern Conference representation from catcher Miles Hamblin (Mississippi) and Duffy (Tennessee).
■ In addition to the United States, the Legends have Cruz, Pena and DeJesus from Puerto Rico; Gouvea from Brazil, Quevedo from Venezuela, King from the Dominican Republic, pitcher Evan Grills from Canada, and pitcher Dayan Diaz from Colombia.