Hello everyone! My name is Tom Usiak, and I am excited to be asked to join the staff here at Prospects1500. Over the past nine years, I have been reporting on the prospects of the Chicago Cubs for several websites. Following the development of minor league players has been a life-long passion.
Born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest side, attending Ladies’ Day games with my mother and walking five miles to Wrigley Field with my brother has made me a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember. With undergraduate degrees in Education and Psychology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work, I bring a unique perspective to the developmental process.
I am a great believer of the developmental model. For those not familiar, it is a self-sustaining system that have players rise through their minor leagues, maximize their value, and then they are traded away for more prospects and the system repeats the process. It means that players should rise as far as their productivity takes them. The developmental model also focuses less on potential and more on production as a player rises through the system.
I have been fortunate in the time that I have been reporting to meet with and interview some of the best prospects that are now a part of major league ball. It has also been a thrill of mine to work with some of the most respected broadcasters in baseball.