The Chicago White Sox announced that they have claimed outfielder Willy Garcia from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Garcia was designated for assignment on December 31st to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Ivan Nova.
Garcia was once a highly touted prospect in the system despite high strikeout numbers. That was due to his age and tools, which included the best outfield arm in the system and above average raw power. The Pirates signed him in 2010 for $280,000 and added him to the 40-man roster two years ago. He was ranked 20th in the farm system coming into 2016, but he had a very difficult season and dropped out of consideration for our top 50 in the 2017 prospect guide even before he was designated for assignment. He failed to...
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