"Put them in the oven not the microwave."
"Run your race not someone else's."
Eric Arce has been playing baseball from the age of 4 years old. He played on many youth travel baseball teams which led him to many Area, District, State and National Championships.
Growing up, a few of Eric’s accomplishments prior to High School included being the starting catcher on the 2004 Pony Bronco World Series Team from Wellwood in Tampa. The World Series was in Monterey Ca and Wellwood went undefeated. Other accomplishments included multiple AAU Championships as a part of the Tampa Blades Baseball Team. The Blades were dominant in USSSA, IBC and AAU Tournaments.
Eric’s high school baseball journey started in Brandon High School. Eric made the varsity team as a Freshman and as a Sophomore helped Brandon win the Prestigious Tony Saladino Tournament. Later that season, Eric helped Brandon make it all the way to the 5A States Quarterfinal. Due to the family moving to Lakeland the summer before Eric’s Junior year in High School, Eric enrolled in Lakeland High School. There Eric became the starting catcher for one of the most talent teams in the State of Florida. Lakeland High baseball team was once ranked number on in the Nation and was featured on ESPN Rise Magazine.
Eric became a part of the All American Prospects Baseball Club during his Sophomore and Junior seasons and won several Perfect Game Tournaments/Showcases. That summer, Eric was invited to the Perfect Game World Showcase in Minneapolis and was Awarded with a Perfect Game Grade of 10 on a scale of 1-10.
Eric’s accomplishments with Perfect Game included WWBA Champion in 2008. MVP of 2009 18u National Championships. 2009 National Showcase Top Prospect List, PG Grade 10 on June 12, 2009. 2009 Preseason Underclass All American, 2009 Bo Jackson’s 5 Tool Championship Best Hitter Award and Florida All Region 1st Team in 2010.
Eric’s accomplishments in High School and Perfect Game allowed him to receive over 40 college offers. Eric always wanted to be a Florida State Seminole and accepted a Scholarship offer with the FSU Seminoles.
Having accepted the offer to play with FSU, Eric was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 Baseball Draft. It was a difficult decision for Eric because he was torn between his dream of playing for FSU and Pro Baseball. Eric decided to try his hand at the College Game and joined the Seminole Team. Eric had a very productive fall season and was slated to Start as a Freshman for Mike Martins squad. Once the regular season started, Eric realized that the College life was not for him and decided to re-enter the following years draft. In 2011 the Toronto Blue Jays Selected Eric for the 2nd time.
Eric Pro baseball career with the Blue Jays organization started in the Florida Gulf Coast League. Eric got off to a very slow start as he transitioned to the pro game. Once he adapted, Eric went on to Lead the Gulf Coast League in Homers and broke a 30 yr. old record. Additionally Eric lead the league in OPS with 1.058 , Walks with 38 and 11 HBP. Eric garnered the Offensive MVP award from the Jays. The following season Eric was promoted to the Appalachian League where he also led the team in Homers. His playing career was cut short by a Sports Hernia that required surgery. Eric was thankful for every single accomplishment and to every coach and players that helped him become successful. Additionally, Eric is very thankful to his parents and brother who where there every step of the way.
Eric now lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and 3 sons and is proud to be a part of the Pryor Baseball Farm Family.