"He basically knows this is my job and I'm good at it and I'm going to help this team become champions," Hambor said.
Junior Joe Rubalcaba got a taste of varsity pitching last season after getting called up from junior varsity for the playoffs and will figure in the rotation.
Other pitching candidates are junior righties Ethan Alioto and Ross Kidd and southpaw Matt Rhoades, who also pitched for the Comet junior varsity that went undefeated last season and has won their division six years in a row.
"We don't have a guy that is throwing 95 miles an hour or somebody we can throw out there and say we are only going to give up three hits," Hambor said. "If we play solid defense and we score four or five runs I feel good about our chances. Our defense is good. We have guys that are fundamental."
That defense will also include returning varsity veterans Matt Rehder (CF), a junior, and senior Nick Grace (3B).
Grace batted .308 last season and brings a lot of hustle.
"He is a Pete Rose type," Hambor said. "He goes head first into everything all the time."
Junior Brent Johns, a transfer from Mount St. Joe, should challenge for a starting outfield role along with senior Zach Caslin.
Seniors Jack Pendleton and Ryan Herilla could also help as flychasers, along with juniors Chaz Brunson and Alioto.
Infield depth will be provided by senior Tommy Meseke and juniors Wade Ashby and Kenny McGee.
Junior Brandon Mackenzie adds pitching depth and Herilla backs up Deitz at catcher after starting four games last season.
"A lot of kids that are going to be backups for us could play for a lot of teams," said Hambor, who had to cut 30 players from the junior varsity. "It speaks volumes to the baseball community and how much they love baseball."
While the competition for starting spots could get heated, Hambor knows his squad can handle it.
"Kids have no problem competing with their friends," Hambor said. "They said we are all in this together."
Hambor, who has a 128-62 career record, will play the Gaels for the third time in the past four years.
Last year's game was rained out and the Comets lost in the Jack Conley Tournament in 2013 and 2014.
This will be the first time the two teams have met in a regular-season contest in Hambor's tenure and the first one they will host.