Magill handled that part pretty well Tuesday.
The Dodgers' No. 19 prospect recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed two hits and a walk over seven shutout innings in the Lookouts' 4-1 win over Jacksonville.
It was the second time in three starts Magill has notched double-digit strikeouts over seven-plus innings without giving up an earned run.
"The fastball and slider were really working for me today, and the changeup seemed to be working pretty well against both lefties and righties," said the 22-year-old right-hander. "I felt a little sluggish at the start, to be honest, because of the off day yesterday. But things kind of evened out as the game went along."
Magill (10-6) got in trouble in the second, issuing a five-pitch leadoff walk to Ben Lasater and giving up a single by Kyle Skipworth.
"Some of those balls on the walk weren't even close," he said. "Then, after giving up the single and letting the guys advance [on Kyle Jensen's groundout], I knew I had to get some strikeouts if I didn't want to give up a run."
The California native did just that. He got Paul Gran and Donnie Webb to go down swinging, stranding the Suns' first two runners in scoring position. They got only one more under Magill's watch as Jake Smolinski singled with one out in the third and moved up on a wild pitch.
After that misstep, Magill retired the final 14 Suns he faced, fanning six, including the last two batters in the seventh. The 11 strikeouts pushed his season total to 147 in 127 1/3 innings. That's tops among Double-A pitchers and fifth in the Minor Leagues. Magill admitted he takes a peak at his statistics every now and then but said he was taken aback by his place among the Minor League leaders.
"Sure, I look at them," he said. "I knew I was leading the league but not Double-A. That's pretty cool. It's just an example of how much I've improved. To be honest, I never thought I'd put up numbers like this, especially for a 31st-rounder [from 2008] like me. I've been busting my butt to get here and it's just awesome to see stuff like that."
Numbers like that surely have caught the eyes of Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson and Minor League pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves, both of whom were in attendance Tuesday night at AT&T Field.
"I just wanted to go out there and pitch the best I can, like any other day," Magill said. "I want to prove to them that whatever they need out of me, I can give them."
The win kept Chattanooga (29-22) two games ahead of second-place Jackson (27-24) in the North Division second-half race with 19 to play.