Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer admitted that a year ago, he didn’t think the Cubs would be in playoff contention this early in the season.
The Cubs are 23-17 and stand in second place in the Central Division.
“I think a year ago today, I probably would have said this seems a little quick, but I feel like if you asked me that question in September, I probably would have said that sounds accurate.”
—Hoyer to CSN radio on Thursday
Hoyer said signing outfielder Dexter Fowler and catcher Miguel Montero during the offseason are key reasons for the Cubs’ early success.
Fowler is hitting .267 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He also is seventh in the MLB with 29 runs scored.
Fowler gives the Cubs a defensive advantage in center field, as well.
Montero is hitting .286 with four home runs and 15 RBI and is the Cubs’ primary catcher, making Welington Castillo expendable in a recent trade.