Add two junior college pitchers to ULM's growing list of baseball commitments.
Angelina (Texas) College left-hander Kendall Thamm and John A Logan College right-hander Cale Wine told WarhawkNation.com that they would sign with the Warhawks in November.
ULM's list of confirmed baseball pledges includes Olney (Ill.) Central College shortstop Jeremy Sy, LSU-Eunice outfielder Les Aulds and Bossier Parish Community College pitcher/first baseman Randy Zeigler.
Thamm is a potential weekend starter with a chance to be drafted this spring. Wine is a hard-thrower who has a generous upside.
New ULM pitching coach Lantz Wheeler was a factor in the decision for both players.
"The big thing was the pitching coach, Coach Wheeler," Thamm said. "Coach Shake (Jeff Schexnaider) and Coach (Cory) Barton are also good guys. ULM is a place where I can learn a lot and enjoy my time there."
Wine, whose junior college team plays in Carterville, Ill., has heard plenty about Wheeler. Former Logan pitcher Chan Walsh – Coach Wheeler's brother -- is now at ULM and gave him the sales pitch.
"I knew that Coach Wheeler was at Lipscomb for a few years and has a reputation for developing pitchers," Wine said. "He helped take that program to the next level."
Thamm (6-0, 180) finished his freshman year at 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. Thamm said he opened the season 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA but battled tendonitis down the stretch.
"It was a decent year, but nothing that I'm proud of," said Thamm, who was an all-state pitcher at Barbers Hill High School.
Thamm had minor arm surgery earlier this year but said he expects to be healthy for the upcoming season. In addition to ULM's offer, he received recruiting attention from Texas Tech and Arkansas.
Wine (6-3, 200) also battled arm woes as a freshman while going 5-2 with an ERA approaching 6.00.
"I didn't start off too hot," he said. "I had a dead arm for a while. I had surgery my junior year in high school and the year after that, my velocity went way down. I was hit hard at the beginning of the year, but my velocity went way back up."
Wine said he typically throws in the 88-90 range but has topped out at 93 MPH.
"It's always good to go south to play baseball," said Wine, who had offers from Arkansas State and Indiana State, along with interest from Bradley and Illinois. "In the warmer weather, you can play longer and it's better on the arm. I heard the atmosphere there is great. I've seen pictures from the games and people told me how awesome it is to play there."
Wine is a native of Coulterville, Ill., which is about 45 minutes from St. Louis. A second-team all-metro pick as a senior, Wine went 12-0 with an 0.69 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched for Marissa High. Wine led his team to the state tournament and a second-place finish – the first time the program had been to state since 1986.