By Jason Shetler
According to MLB.com Pirates beat reporter Adam Berry, the Chicago White Sox have claimed Willy Garcia off waivers from the Pirates.
Garcia was signed by the Pirates in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic. The 24-year-old outfielder had one of the strongest arms in the system, as he recorded a total of 71 outfield assists in seven minor league seasons. His offense was subpar in 2016, posting just a .659 OPS in 129 games for AAA Indianapolis.
The Pirates designated Garcia for assignment last week in order to add Ivan Nova to the 40-man roster. Garcia’s prospect stock has been trending downward with being a low on base/high strikeout type batter. With the White Sox currently in rebuilding mode, Garcia will have a better chance of playing for them than he would have in Pittsburgh.