By Jason Shetler
According to Sean McCool of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have designated Willy Garcia for assignment as the corresponding move for Ivan Nova being added to the 40-man roster. Nova officially signed with the Pirates on Tuesday.
The Pirates signed Garcia out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. The 24-year-old outfielder has a tremendous throwing arm, which is considered the best in the system. He’s recorded 74 outfield assists since 2013.
Garcia struggled offensively this past season, as he posted a career worst .659 OPS along with a high strikeout rate of 26.3% in 499 plate appearances for AAA Indianapolis. If Garcia is able to clear waivers, he’ll begin the 2017 season with Indianapolis.