Eric Eiland was drafted out of Lamar HS, Houston in the 2nd Round of the 2007 draft by the Blue Jays. He was a possible first round pick, but a poor showing his senior year from injuries dropped him to the second round. He was talented, but raw, and would be a project for the team that drafted him.
He would rank the Blue Jays #14 prospect in 2007, and #16 the following season. He had a ton of power, knew the strike zone and was very athletic. His ability to take a walk and successfully steal bases were surprising for a kid who did not play as much baseball as many of his peers–he was a football player in High School as well. But he had trouble making contact, which muted his power and hurt his ability to get on base. He would play four seaons in pro ball, and never was really able to adjust. He never hit higher than .233 and had two career HR. He had some very real success in Independent League ball in 2011, and at 22 it would have been neat to see him get another crack in the minors, but it never happened.
This autograph was acquired in person here in Hawaii.