That's what the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team will be this year.
Lose AJ Reed and things have to be different.
Reed led the Southeastern Conference in wins as a pitcher (12-2) and home runs as a hitter (23). He swept all five major national player of the year awards.
Gone, too, are center fielder Austin Cousino, third baseman Max Kuhn, shorstop Matt Reida and catcher Micheal Thomas. They combined for 24 homers on a team that finished 37-25 overall, 14-16 in the SEC.
"Well, I'm not sure you're going to replace AJ with one guy. And clearly we're going to have a different team offensively," Coach Gary Henderson said during his media day address Monday. "We were old and strong last year. We had several kids who were physical. We'll have a different club. You can win a lot of different ways in baseball, which is one of the great things about it.
"But pretty safe to say we're not going to lead the league in home runs or have the home-run leader in the program this year. And that's fine. But you figure out somebody else who can be just as effective on Friday night as AJ was — that's always a hard task in our league for everybody, but we've got several talented kids to do that. Then obviously we're not going to have the same power.
"Evan White's a very good player and is going to play first base well. Last year we had a combination mostly of Thomas (Bernal) and AJ at first base, and Evan's going to be equal to what they were able to do defensively, and then he'll take the same path of growth that you need to take offensively. Offensively, in our league it's a tough road for freshmen, but he'll do well. Some ups and downs but he'll grow as the season goes and by April he'll be a legitimate threat. But you don't replace AJ with one guy."
UK, which opens the season Feb. 13 at Wilmington, N.C., against Ball State, first must replace Reed in the starting rotation.
Start with junior right-hander Kyle Cody, a third-team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America. The same organization projects Cody as the 19th-best prospect in the 2015 MLB draft.
Other candidates include sophomores Zack Brown and Robert Zeigler, along with junior-college transfer Dustin Beggs.
"I feel very confident with our staff and the way it's going this year," Cody said. "I think we've got a lot of guys who can step in at any time and throw a lot of innings for us. I think we've got some older guys and some mature guys who've thrown innings and have proven that they can pitch here, so that's good for us and I think that just shows how strong of a bullpen and pitching staff we can have."
Senior right-hander Spencer Jack anchors what Henderson hopes will be "an older bullpen." Freshmen could help out, though, including lefty Zach Logue and righty Zach Pop.
The infield will include freshman White at first base, JaVon Shelby at second, and Connor Heady or Riley Mahan at shortstop. Mahan also could see time at second, as Shelby continues to recover from off-season knee surgery. To fill Kuhn's spot, Bernal will move from first base to third.
Henderson lists five options for the three outfield positions: Kyle Barrett, Marcus Carson, Dorian Hairston, Ka'ai Tom and Storm Wilson. The common factor is speed, which the Cats also plan to use on offense.
"It's like old school baseball. A lot more hit-and-run, a lot steals. It's going to be a fun year," Tom said. "Last year we didn't need to bunt a lot. And that's what Rick Eckstein, our new hitting coach, kind of came in — he likes using the small ball game and also the line drives. He's very onto us about hitting up the middle, so it's going to be a great year."
A different year.
"We're going to run well. I don't know exactly how well," Henderson said. "I don't know how that's going to translate into stolen bases yet, but we're going to have a group of people that can get from home to first quickly. Several guys at 4.3 or better and, yeah, you just go from one style to the next because that's what your talent dictates, that's what your personnel dictates. It's going to be a different approach. I think we're going to have kids that are going to hit for a high average. I think we're going to have them very competitive in the box, but we will do it without the number of home runs we hit last year, very clearly."