UND baseball coach Jeff Dodson announced a small, four-man signing class in November 2015.

"We are more than excited about the small yet talented group of players who will be joining us," said Dodson, who may have been the first coach to underplay his recruiting class.

But they never arrived.

Five months later, UND eliminated its baseball program due to school-wide budget cuts.

As it turns out, two of those four players may have been the most talented ever to come through the school.

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Last summer, one of those signees, first baseman Jake Adams, was selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros. Adams, who ended up playing at Iowa, would have been the first UND player to be picked in the top 10 rounds of the MLB draft.

On Monday night, another one of those signees, Matt Wallner, was selected No. 39 overall by the Minnesota Twins. That would have made Wallner, who ended up at Southern Miss, the highest-drafted UND player ever -- by a wide margin.

That distinction currently belongs to Zach Muckenhirn, who went in the 11th round to the Baltimore Orioles. Muckenhirn currently is pitching at the Double-A level.

The Star Tribune reported that Wallner, who is from Forest Lake, Minn., could be in line for a bonus near $2 million from the Twins.

In just three college seasons, Wallner became the all-time home run king at Southern Miss by bashing 54 of them. He hit .323 with 23 home runs, while driving in 60 runs this season. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound outfielder was named first team all-Conference USA.

Wallner and Adams would have been the two highest draft picks ever at UND.

Adams, who led all Division-I players in home runs one year, is currently playing with Houston's Advanced A team.

UND's all-time MLB Draft picks

2016 -- Zach Muckenhirn, 11th round, Baltimore Orioles

2015 -- Tyler Follis, 28th round, Colorado Rockies

2000 -- Matt Mahoney, 48th round, Milwaukee Brewers

1998 -- Mike Rerick, 22nd round, St. Louis Cardinals

1995 -- Travis Johnson, 30th round, Minnesota Twins

1995 -- Mark Varriano, 30th round, Boston Red Sox

1993 -- Trevor Skjerpen, 32nd round, Pittsburgh Pirates

1992 -- Jamie Hodgson, 29th round, Kansas City Royals

1990 -- Matt Wilkie, 20th round, Toronto Blue Jays

1968 -- Alex Cooley, 17th round, Oakland A's

1967 -- Jerry Schultz, 48th round, New York Yankees

Matt Wallner
Matt Wallner