That group of six junior-college transfers and 12 freshman will have a chance to contribute immediately this coming spring after the Lobo roster was raided by the draft and graduation last spring.
So how will all the newcomers fit in and who will make an immediate impact? Those questions will begin to be answered when fall practice starts up. Here is an early preview.
Freshman Lane Milligan is the lone new backstop on the roster. With last year's starter, Mitchell Garver now in the Minnesota Twins farm system, the job is open. Junior Alex Real figures to be the primary starter, leaving Milligan as a backup/understudy while he acclimates to the college game.
Milligan was rated as the eighth-best Colorado-based draft prospect last summer by Baseball America, though he was ultimately not drafted due to his strong college commitment.
First base/third base
D.J. Peterson and Alex Allbritton are gone, leaving both infield corners up for grabs. Returning players John Pustay (at first) and Jered Meek (at third) could seize both spots, but neither is guaranteed to start.
Two freshmen could be in the mix at both corner spots, with a third freshman entering the conversation at third base.
Andrew McWilliam was a 31st-round pick of the Dodgers in June but opted to join the Lobos instead. A lanky (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) player, he should develop power as he fills out. He is listed at both corner positions.
Jack Zoellner already has power, having belted 12 home runs for Gilbert (Ariz.) High last spring. Gilbert is also the alma mater of Peterson, and like Peterson, Zoellner can play both first and third.
Andre Vigil was the consensus best high school player in Albuquerque last season. The Volcano Vista standout was primarily a second baseman, but with Sam Haggerty returning there for UNM, Vigil could shift to third.
The return of Haggerty and fellow sophomore Jared Holley at shortstop has the Lobos set up the middle, but it never hurts to have some depth.
JC transfer Matt Reyes is projected to have plus speed and help out just about anywhere in the infield, though from the sound of things he will primarily back up Haggerty and Holley.
The departures of Luke Campbell and Josh Melendez will leave things wide open. Senior Chase Harris will start in right or center and junior Ryan Padilla should have a good shot at left field. Still, they will face plenty of competition.
JC transfer Aaron Siple seems like a good bet to start in center and put his plus-speed to use. Siple does not hit for a lot of power, but he has the makeup to be a good leadoff hitter for the Lobos.
Freshmen Zane Ancell, Cody Bower and Kirby McGuire could also be in the mix. McGuire is also listed as playing infield, though exactly what positions are unknown.
UNM lost its ace in Sam Wolff, though Josh Walker and Drew Bridges will return. Bridges is hardly a lock after fading late in the season, however, meaning two weekend spots and the midweek starter's role could all be up for grabs.
Among the JC transfers, Jake Cole, Tyler Gibson and Colton Thomson are the likeliest to start, though Cole could also end up closing. Mike Gould, who will only be a sophomore, could also enter into the mix. Thomson is the only lefty in that group.
None of the freshmen necessarily stand out as possible starters, though one never knows what they will bring until they get on the mound. Bridges, after all, came to UNM as an infielder.
Lefty freshman Carson Schneider, a local kid from Sandia High, has already drawn a lot of comparisons to former Lobo and current Seattle Mariner Bobby LaFromboise.
Ancell and Tyson Curley, who hails from Aztec, N.M., are two other left-handed options for the relief corps.
Right-handed freshmen who could make an impact out of the bullpen include Jacob Atchley, Preston Ryan, and Connor Rusch, the nephew of former Major League pitcher Glendon Rusch.