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Jim Sakas

Associate Scout (TEX)
Advanced Pitching Instructor

Jim Sakas has been coaching baseball for over 25 years and is the son of legendary local pitching coach Steve Sakas. After his playing days as a pitcher at Illinois State University, at age 23, he was named the head baseball coach at Niles North H.S. After 17 years as a head coach Jim resigned to spend more time with his family. He retired as the winningest coach in school history which included conference and regional championship teams including his 1991 team which finished with 28 wins to only 6 losses and earning the Vikings a #2 state ranking. During his tenure at Niles North, 6 pitchers were drafted & scores more played in college.

Jim has been one of the most successful and sought after pitching coaches in the Chicagoland area for many years. He has coached pitchers as young as 7 up to the Major League level. He is also the pitching coach for Christian Friedrich, a 2008 1st round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies and former college Division 1 All-American and 2010 Minor League Futures All-Star Game participant last July in Anaheim. Jim also serves as an Associate Scout for the Baltimore Orioles. Jim currently has 11 pitchers on Division 1 rosters and had 2 players in Major League Baseball: Christian Friedrich (Rockies), George Kontos (San Francisco Giants & World Series Champion) and minor leaguer Scott Kelley (KC Royals).

Jim's Latest College Commitments:

2009 Scholars: Troy Barton (Eastern Illinois), Jack Havey (Northwestern), Sean Kennedy (Valparaiso), Jonathan Menke (U of Rochester), Ronnie Muck (Illinois), John Nassion (Bradley) & Aaron Snyder (Southern Illinois)

2010 Scholars: Matt Murphy (Southern Illinois Univ), Jesse O'Connor (Air Force Academy), Tyler Schweigert (Eastern Illinois Univ), Jeff Johnson (Illinois Wesleyan), Luke Joyce (Illionis) & Scott Plaza (Wisc-Whitewater)

2011 Scholars: Jordan Chudacoff (Georgetown), Joey Eichmann (Purdue),
Dan Kelley (Tennessee-Martin), Ryan Kennedy (Valparaiso) & Nick Lumley (Illinois)

2012 Scholars: Brady Arenson (Coastal Carolina), John Forsythe (UC Riverside), Pat Kenney (Purdue) & Matt Simon (Rockford College)

2013 Scholars: Brett Shimanovsky (St. Louis Univ), Eric Coletto (Winona St.), Kyle Colletta (Northern Kentucky) & Tyler Feece (Illinois State)

Slammers product on the Colorado Rockies!

Chrisitan Friedrich (below) is currently a starting pitcher in the Colorado Rockies rotation. Slammers Senior Pitching Coach Jim Sakas has been working with Christian for over 10 years. Christian just completed his first full Major League season in 2012 with total of 74 strikeouts in only 84 innings pitched. Keep up the good work Christian!


Jim's Training Costs:

Private Lesson (1/2 hour/each)

Members: $55.00

Non-Members: $60.00

(2-for-1) Semi-Private Lesson (1/2 hour/each)

Members: $40.00/per

Non-Members: $45.00/per

Contact Slammers for Jim's current availability/scheduling