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One of Arkansas’ highest draft picks has officially signed his rookie contract.
Peyton Pallette, who missed the 2022 season to recover from Tommy John surgery, has signed his rookie contract with the Chicago White Sox, the organization that selected him with the No. 62 overall pick.
Pallette is in for a hefty payday. Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline is reporting that Pallette has signed with the White Sox for $1.5 million, which is just under slot value for the No. 62 overall selection.
In two seasons at Arkansas, Pallette struck out 70 batters while posting an ERA of 3.79. In 2021, Pallete appeared in 15 games, making 11 starts. He struck out 67 batters while issuing 20 walks in 56 innings of work.
Pallette was expected to become the anchor to the Arkansas weekend rotation in 2022, however, an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament forced him to miss what eventually was his final season at Arkansas, making the way for Connor Noland to take the role.
Pallete was the second Razorback selected in the 2022 MLB Draft, and one of three selected in the second round. Cayden Wallace was taken 13 picks higher by the Kansas City Royals, and Robert Moore was taken with a compensation pick by the Milwaukee Brewers.
2nd-rder Peyton Pallette signs with @WhiteSox for $1.5 million (slot 62 value = $1,159,200). @RazorbackBSB RHP, missed season after Tommy John surgery, easy 1st-rder before that, best curveball in @MLBDraft, 93-95 mph fastball to 99, Walker Buehler comps for 6-ft-1 build & stuff. pic.twitter.com/xnoKFxjyel
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 28, 2022