The 2010 season has been kind to the Baltimore Orioles minor-league system.

This is great news, because the 2010 season has been a plague for the big league club, who aside from snagging manager Buck Showalter, has failed to incite any real excitement.

As such, the race for Orioles Minor League Player of the Year honors is heating up, and for the first time in a good long while, there are actually more than a few promising nominees.

This year’s crop doesn’t feature any superstar names like Brian Matusz or Chris Tillman, but it has more than a few mid-level prospects, and some really big surprises.

So, let’s get to it, and see who might be taking home some organizational hardware.

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