30. Hector Veloz, 1B, 19
Veloz has only made eight appearances outside of the Gulf Coast or Dominican Summer Leagues, but he's shown flashes of talent which have made the O's more comfortable with the $300k signing bonus they handed him back in 2010. At 6'2'' and 190 lbs, Veloz has room to add some more bulk to his frame, and with the added muscle should come improved power.
29. Michael Ohlman, C, 22
2012 was a tough year for Ohlman, who spent time on the DL with a shoulder injury he suffered in a car accident. Unfortunately, he drew a 50-game suspension for a second positive substance abuse test. Despite the distractions, he still managed to hit .304 with a 33/27 BB/K ratio as a 21-year old in Low-A ball. This season, Ohlman has showed the hitting ability (.277/.403/.446) that warranted a $995k signing bonus back in 2009.
28. Trent Howard, LHP, 23
The O's hoped they were getting a seasoned pitcher when they took Howard in the seventh-round in 2011, but he's already been bumped to the bullpen in an effort to speed his climb to the Majors. In 11 relief appearances this season, Howard has been dominant, surrendering just two earned runs in 24 innings. He's even looked brilliant in two recent spot starts, tossing eight shutout innings. Howard seems destined for a Troy Patton-like role at the big league level.
27. Gregory Lorenzo, OF, 22
Another product of Baltimore's renewed efforts in the Dominican Republic, Lorenzo has shown flashes of elite talent during his four-plus seasons in the organization. He's already racked up 20 stolen bases, at a 91 percent success rate no less, in just 58 games this season. He hit .323/.373/.460 last season across three levels, but his average has dropped to .201 this season. He's clearly struggled to make consistent contact, as he strikeouts in 33 percent of his at-bats.
26. Jake Pettit, LHP, 26
A former 42nd-round selection, Pettit has won 28 games the past two-plus seasons, and has been Baltimore's most consistent starting pitching prospect. He's back at it again this season, racking up five victories and 71 innings pitched across Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Even more impressive, is the fact that Pettit has been dominant utilizing a fastball that rarely creeps over 90-mph.
25. Jacob Bray, RHP, 20
The O's plucked Bray from the JUCO ranks, where he actually saw more time as a third baseman. When on the mound, however, he's flashed a 92-96-mph fastball and an above-average slider. He could move fast as a reliever, but the front-office will try him out as a starter first.
24. Lex Rutledge, LHP, 21
After bombing as a starter (0-3, 9.49 in six starts), the O's transitioned Rutledge back to the bullpen in 2013. He had success there last year (1.64, 13/3 K/BB in 11 IP) and has shown the same ability this season. In nine relief appearances, he's allowed just six hits and two runs, while racking up 14 strikeouts in 17 innings. He even looked sensational in a recent spot-start, tossing three innings with seven strikeouts and only one run allowed. Rutledge's best pitch is a knee-buckling curve that plays well off of his low-90s fastball.
23. Caleb Joseph, C, 26
Joseph has been a frustrating prospect for the Orioles, alternating sensational years with terrible ones. This year appears to be the former, as Joseph has already set a career-high with 13 home runs. He's on pace to shatter marks in RBI, doubles, runs and even average. Of course, this is the fourth consecutive season that he's spent at Double-A Bowie, so maybe it's time to bump the 7th-round pick up to Triple-A for good.
22. Drew Dosch, 3B/1B, 20
Dosch was taken one round ahead of Trey Mancini, showing how much the Orioles believe in the former Youngstown State star's bat. He not only makes consistent contact, but has shown flashes of great power. Defensively, he doesn't offer much, so his advancement will depend on his bat.
21. Tyler Wilson, RHP, 23
One of the most accomplished pitchers in UVA history, Wilson has already earned his way to Double-A Bowie, needing just 44 starts to do it. While he's never going to be much more than a No. 5 starter or a long-reliever, Wilson continues to pitch his butt off and rack up innings. He could also be a guy that the big league club turns to for the occasional spot start, even as early as later this year.