3 under-the-radar Chicago Cubs off to a good start in 2023
Ten games into the season, the Chicago Cubs sit at respect 6-4. The top of the lineup, and offense as a whole lately, has provided a huge spark for the Cubs and are certainly the catalysts for the team's overall success. Nevertheless, quite a few under-the-radar players don't receive the spotlight as often and are also quietly finding immense success at the moment. To give credit where credit is due, let's look at three under-the-radar players that are off to a good start in 2023.
3 under-the-radar players this year - 3. Keegan Thompson
When Spring Training was still ongoing, it was reported that Keegan Thompson's velocity was way down. So much so that a trip to Triple-A Iowa was inevitable. As time went on, his velo returned, and he has gotten back to the former dominant reliever he spent time being last season. We've talked about Keegan's splits as a reliever vs. starter, and we also knew Thompson would not be named the 5th starter in the rotation, per David Ross.
Thankfully, Thompson has been lights out in his role out of the bullpen. He boasts a 1.42 ERA after 6.1 innings to begin the 2023 campaign. Though he has issued five free passes, it is an encouraging sign to see him back to his usual self at the earlier worrisome events during Spring Training. When Thompson takes the mound, you can at least have some confidence that Cubs won't have much problem getting through that inning. Hopefully, he continues doing precisely what he has been as a reliever.