McGowin, Happ among top prospect performers Monday

Angels' No. 16 throws one-hit shutout, Cubs' No. 3 notches first multi-homer game

McGowin, Happ among top prospect performers Monday

Kyle McGowin came within three outs of a seven-inning no-hitter before settling for a one-hit shutout in Game 2 of Double-A Arkansas' doubleheader against Frisco on Monday. He walked one and struck out nine. The right-hander tossed 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

The Angels' No. 16 prospect, turned in six hitless innings before surrendering a leadoff single in the seventh inning, though he quickly erased that baserunner by inducing a ground-ball double play. He ultimately generated nine ground-ball outs and faced a total of 22 hitters, one over the minimum.

"I mean, no matter what it was a great outing," McGowin told MiLB.com. "I was happy with what I had done. He put a swing on a good pitch and he beat me on that one."

After allowing five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in his season debut for the Travelers, McGowin has rattled off back-to-back seven-inning starts, during which he's combined to allow one run on five hits, with 16 strikeouts.

McGowin, a fifth-round Draft pick in 2013 out of Savannah State, scuffled over a full season in the Texas League in '15, when he recorded a 4.38 ERA in 154 innings across 27 starts. The 24-year-old righty, who lowered his ERA to 3.52 with Monday's gem, is off to a much better start this year in his second tour of the Texas League, having held opposing hitters to a paltry .170 average while posting a 20/5 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 frames.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

• Fresh off a three-steal performance on Sunday, No. 5 overall prospect Yoan Moncada swiped two more bags and reached base four times (2-for-3, 2 BB) in Class A Advanced Salem's win over Carolina. The Red Sox's No. 1 prospect is a perfect 12-for-12 on the basepaths to begin the season, while the multi-hit performance raised his average to .359 through 12 games.

No. 37 overall prospect Anderson Espinoza (Red Sox's No. 4) picked up his first win for Class A Greenville with five innings of one-run ball against Hickory. The 18-year-old right-hander allowed three hits, walked a pair and struck out seven, giving him a 15/2 K/BB ratio through his first 15 frames (three starts). Red Sox No. 10 prospect Michael Chavis provided plenty of offense in the win, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and his second home run of the season.

No. 43 overall prospect Manny Margot (Padres' No. 1) went 2-for-5 with his first home run and triple as a member of the Padres' organization as Triple-A El Paso rolled past Reno, 14-4.

No. 49 overall prospect Dominic Smith (Mets' No. 2 prospect) hit a game-tying solo homer off of Adam Plutko with two outs in the top of the seventh for his first long ball of the season. The homer accounted for Double-A Binghamton's lone run in a loss to Akron.

No. 59 overall prospect Josh Hader fired four no-hit innings in a no-decision for Biloxi, but his three walks and seven strikeouts resulted in an elevated pitch count and his early departure. The Brewers' No. 4 prospect has been outstanding in his first three starts, with a 0.69 ERA, .136 opponents' batting average and 19 strikeouts through 13 innings.

"All my stuff was working and it was nice to bring all my pitches together," Hader told MiLB.com. "But one thing as a starter is, you have to go deep through the game so you save the bullpen a little bit. So one of my main goals is to get contact early and save that pitch count."

No. 74 overall prospect Ian Happ (Cubs' No. 3) set career highs with four hits and a pair of home runs in Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach's win over Winston-Salem. The 21-year-old second baseman drove in four runs and has 11 RBIs through his first 12 games to go along with a .313 average

"I'm feeling comfortable at the plate," Happ told MiLB.com. "Settling into the rhythm of the season and even into the first road trip is helping a lot. I'm just trying to stick with the process and trust in what I have to do every day to be successful."

No. 96 overall prospect Reese McGuire hit a three-run homer, his first of the season, as part Double-A Altoona's eight-run second inning in a win over Harrisburg. The Pirates' No. 5 prospect is off to a solid start in his first taste of the Double-A level, hitting .308 with seven walks against just one strikeout through eight games.

Athletics No. 25 prospect Daniel Gossett allowed one run on three hits and struck out a career-high nine hitters in a no decision for Class A Advanced Stockton. The 23-year-old righty has been sharp in his first three starts for the Ports, pitching to a 2.12 ERA and 22/5 K/BB in 17 innings.

Indians No. 23 prospect Greg Allen went 2-for-3 with two doubles and four runs scored in Class A Advanced Lynchburg's win over Potomac, while his three stolen bases pushed his season total to 13, helping him reclaim the lead from Boston's Moncada. A sixth-round Draft pick in 2013 out of San Diego State, Allen, 23, is hitting .325 with a .518 on-base percentage and 14 runs scored through 11 games for the Hillcats.

Mariners No. 2 prospect Edwin Diaz dominated for his third straight turn for Double-A Jackson, firing five innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts in a win over Birmingham. The 22-year-old, who allowed just two hits, owns a sparkling 1.69 ERA and 24/2 K/BB ratio through his first 16 innings for the Generals. Tyler O'Neill (Mariners' No. 4) went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season -- a long two-run homer off of White Sox' No. 1 prospect Carson Fulmer -- while D.J. Peterson (Mariners' No. 6) cranked his first dinger of the season in a 3-for-4 performance.

Pirates No. 7 prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes went 4-for-6 with his first professional home run and five RBIs as Class A West Virginia edged Kannapolis in 16 innings, 8-7. The No. 32 overall Draft pick in the 2015 gave the Power an early lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and later tied the game with a two-run single in in the 10th. He's hitting .415 with 10 RBIs through 10 games.

Reds No. 11 prospect Tyler Mahle allowed one earned run in seven innings and matched his career-high with nine strikeouts in Class A Advanced Daytona's win over Fort Myers. The 21-year-old righty yielded three hits and did not issue a walk, throwing 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.