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Minor Pirates news items: AFL replacements, Y.Garcia

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A few minor items from the past couple days:

-- The Pirates have released infielder Dan Gamache.  He got himself on the radar screen a bit with some big hitting numbers at Altoona in 2014-15, but he's had only a .643 OPS in AAA while playing sparingly as a backup at first and third.  The team is probably releasing him now to give him more time to latch on elsewhere.  With Erich Weiss and Eric Wood probably moving up from AA, assuming they're not lost in the Rule 5 draft, there wasn't going to be room for Gamache in AAA next year.

-- Pirate Prospects is reporting (sub. req'd) that Yeudy Garcia has gone to Pittsburgh to get his shoulder examined.  He's apparently had trouble with it all year, which would account for his velocity being down several mph much of the time this year.  It's a measure of Garcia's talent that he still managed a 2.76 ERA and finished second in the Florida State League in strikeouts despite the lost velocity and some command issues.

-- The Pirates have announced replacements (sub. req'd) for the three players who were withdrawn from their Arizona Fall League contingent.  Austin Meadows had to be scratched due to an oblique injury sustained on the final day of the AAA season.  Trevor Williams was dropped presumably due to a late decision to call him up to the majors.  And Dovydas Neverauskas was dropped after his arrest in Toledo.

Their replacements are third baseman Connor Joe, and right-handers Alex McRae and Tanner Anderson.  Joe has scuffled so far, more than you'd like to see from a supplemental first round draft pick out of college, but he had a strong second half in a miserable league for hitters and came up big in the playoffs.  McRae is a finesse righty who earned an early promotion from Bradenton to Altoona, got off to a nightmarish start there, but then pitched well down the stretch.  Anderson is a reliever who features an old-school leg kick (see photo).  He had a solid season split between the two class A affiliates, but also came up big in Bradenton's playoff run.