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Former Cardinal Connor Sadzeck makes 1st MLB start

Connor Sadzeck makes 1st MLB Start

Check out this article from the Northwest Herald talking about Connor Sadzeck's 1st MLB start!

Coach Nate Sopena Named St. Louis Cardinals Area Scout

  Nate Sopena, who for years played & coached for the Crystal Lake Cardinals, accepted the position of Area Scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Nate is now responsible for the Upper Mid West scouting territory for the Cardinals. Sopena still finds time to help train  young players in the Cardinals organization.

 A native of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, Sopena played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2014 for Bristol in the Rookie-Level Appalachian League and for Jamestown in the Short Season-A New York Penn League. Nate coached and scouted with the Peoria Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals Class A Affiliate, during the 2016 season.  Sopena played college baseball at  Eastern Illinois University in the Ohio Valley Conference. Prior to EIU, Nate helped Heartland Community College qualify for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in 2011. In 2015 Sopena was also a volunteer assistant coach at EIU.

Dylan Lee Drafted 10th round by the Miami Marlins






Crystal Lake Cardinal Dylan Lee has been drafted in the 10th round by the Miami Marlins. The Left Handed Pitcher from Fresno State spent last summer playing for the Cardinals and coached Summer Camps for our young players. While at Fresno State, Dylan ranked seventh on the team with 30 strikeouts and only 18 walks. Congratulations Dylan!

Dalton Lundeen Drafted in 30th round by the Detroit Tigers






Crystal Lake Cardinal Dalton Lundeen has been drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round. The Streamwood, IL. Native has gone on to play college ball for Valparaiso University.  Dalton pitched 93 2/3 innings over 14 starts posting team leads in ERA (3.85), strikeouts (94), shutouts (2), and tied for the team lead in wins (5). Congratulations Dalton!!

Reilly Peltier Drafted in 38th round by the Texas Rangers






Crystal Lake Cardinal, Reilly Peltier has been drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 38th round of the MLB draft. Reilly played for Jacobs High School before moving on to play for McHenry County College. Finishing the season with 7-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 97 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings. His strikeouts were 10th in NJCAA Division II. Congratulations Reilly!!