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Bucs designate prospect Garcia for assignment

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The Pirates designated outfield prospect Willy Garcia for assignment on Saturday to make room for the recently re-signed Ivan Nova on their 40-man roster, the team announced.

Garcia was rated Pittsburgh's No. 15 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, and was the club's second-highest-ranked outfield prospect. But he struggled at the plate with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2016, hitting .245/.293/.366 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 129 games, while striking out 131 times.

The Pirates designated outfield prospect Willy Garcia for assignment on Saturday to make room for the recently re-signed Ivan Nova on their 40-man roster, the team announced.

Garcia was rated Pittsburgh's No. 15 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, and was the club's second-highest-ranked outfield prospect. But he struggled at the plate with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2016, hitting .245/.293/.366 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 129 games, while striking out 131 times.

The 24-year-old was also blocked by the Pirates' strong slate of outfielders -- Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and top-tier prospect Austin Meadows, who is ranked the No. 2 outfield prospect in baseball and the No. 9 prospect overall.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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