New Jersey native Eden was a fine hurler for two seasons at Western Illinois University (2008 & 2009) as both a starter and reliever, winning seven games over that span. He posted a fine 4-3 record with a 3.28 earned run average for Western Illinois in 2008. Eden spent the 2010 season with the Laredo Broncos of the independent United League, where he was a teammate of former Bears Jose and Ozzie Canseco. Eden pitched in 17 games with Laredo, posting a 1-2 record with a 5.80 ERA, surrendering 72 hits in 59 innings as both a starter and reliever. Eden fanned 40 batters and walked 44.