By Gavin Menu
Sag Harbor native Kyle McGowin, who is pitching for the Double-A Minor League Arkansas Travelers, has excelled in his three most recent starts and is currently listed as the 14th ranked prospect in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization, which drafted the 23-year-old righthander in 2013.
During his last three starts, McGowin had 25 strikeouts while allowing just five runs on seven hits over 20.2 innings of work. For the season, he is 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA.
According to the Angels’ prospect board, McGowin “could become a back-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues and has already shown that he can be a quick mover if he stays healthy.”
McGowin missed the second half of last season with an elbow injury, but seems to have recovered and is pitching well this season for the Travelers, who are located in Little Rock. Should his performance warrant a promotion, the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there the next stop would be the Major Leagues.
“As of right now I’m planning on finishing the year here and I’m not looking that far ahead,” McGowin said on Tuesday. “Physically my arm feels better than it has my whole career. And mentally, I’m just trying to get my mind right, be confident and just execute my pitches. Everything is coming together at the right time.”
McGowin had nine strikeouts in each of his last two starts, but his most impressive performance to date actually came on July 8 against Midland, where he took a no-hitter through 7.2 innings before giving up a solo home run. To that point, McGowin had allowed just three walks while striking out seven.
“I just focused and went out and threw…didn’t have to think too much,” McGowin told milb.com. “I felt great, pretty confident with my stuff and whatever my catcher (Anthony Bemboom) threw down.”