Teammate Jason Wheeler helped secure Chattanooga's shutout. The Twins' No. 27 prospect improved to 2-2 since a late June demotion by surrendering just five hits and no walks against six strikeouts in eight clean frames. The 24-year-old has turned around his season after going 1-6 with a 5.90 ERA for Triple-A Rochester.
Down in Class A Advanced Fort Myers, No. 10 prospect Stephen Gonsalves didn't allow a hit in five innings. While the Miracle lost their no-hitter bid in the seventh inning, Gonsalves' effort did not go to waste in a 4-0 win.
Promoted from Class A Cedar Rapids in early June, the 6-foot-5 southpaw is 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in nine Florida State League starts. He punched out eight batters on Thursday, good for a new career high at the Class A Advanced level.
The rest of the 10 best performances from top Minor Leaguers
• Angels No. 2 prospect Chris Ellis rebounded well from his first loss for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. The righty delivered 6 2/3 shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out two in the process. The dominant night came after giving up three runs in five innings on July 20. Ellis stands at 5-1 with a 3.12 ERA in nine starts since being promoted on June 11. The 22-year-old has now posted three starts in which he's allowed no runs and lasted at least six innings at the Double-A level.
• Astros No. 12 prospect Joe Musgrove stayed perfect for Double-A Corpus Christi with seven innings of shutout ball. The 6-foot-5 right-hander fanned six while allowing two hits and one walk. He's 3-0 with a four-inning save and a 2.25 ERA in six appearances for the Hooks this season. In fact, Musgrove's record is nearly perfect across three levels this year. After Thursday's 'W,' he stands at 11-1 with just 18 earned runs in 87 2/3 innings.
• Orioles No. 3 prospect Zach Davies inched closer to .500 with a win for Triple-A Norfolk. The righty allowed five hits while striking out one batter in six shutout innings. He's won two in a row for the Tides and stands at 5-6 with a 2.84 ERA. The winning streak makes up for a seven-start winless streak between June 8 and July 19, but Davies' low earned-run average proves that he's pitched well this year. While he recorded only one strikeout on Thursday, he has an 81-to-33 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year.
• Pirates No. 5 prospect (No. 79 overall) Alen Hanson's homer provided the only runs Triple-A Indianapolis would need in a 2-1 win over Columbus. The swat was his first roundtripper in nearly a month and gave him six on the year. Hanson has been going through a bit of a rough patch, hitting .115 (3-for-26) in his past six games. He has a .274/.321/.411 season line that includes 13 doubles, nine triples and 41 RBIs.
• Rays No. 25 prospect Tyler Goeddel had his first career three-homer game, smacking three solo shots for Double-A Montgomery on Thursday. Goeddel only had four homers in 86 games entering the game and 23 in four-plus seasons, but his jacks tend to come in flurries. He hit two homers in his eighth career game -- for Class A Bowling Green in 2012 -- and had hit homers in back-to-back games four times in his pro career, but never three in the same contest. Before Thursday, Goeddel hadn't gone yard this year since he hit a solo shot on July 3. The No. 41 overall pick in the 2011 Draft is hitting .255 with 49 RBIs this year.
• White Sox No. 1 prospect (No. 45 overall) Tim Anderson clubbed his first homer since July 6 for Double-A Birmingham, finishing 2-for-4 with a triple and solo shot as the Barons took down Mississippi, 3-2. A 2013 first-round pick, Anderson has hit in four straight games and 12 of the past 14. His batting average hasn't dipped below .300 in nearly a month and a half and he sports a .306/.336/.400 line with 16 doubles, eight triples, three homers and 37 RBIs on the year.
• Yankees No. 7 prospect Gary Sanchez hit his second Triple-A homer, helping Scranton/Wilkes-Barre secure a 3-2 win over Lehigh Valley. Promoted from Double-A Trenton on July 18, the catcher is off to a hot start in Pennsylvania. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs Thursday and is hitting .324/.447/.568 with three doubles and 12 RBIs for the RailRiders.