Nate Sopena, is the current Upper Mid-West Area Scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. 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. Nate played & coached with the Crystal Lake Cardinals and still finds time to train in fielding and hitting young players in the organization. Nate has over 11 years of coaching with the Cardinals.