"I get to go out and prove that I am one of the top center fielders in the game, one of the top leadoff guys in the game," Fowler said.
After dealing with a number of injuries last season -- his lone year with the Astros -- Fowler is finally healthy. He's been energized by a change of scenery and is eager to help the Cubs reach some of their lofty goals heading into 2015, such as winning the National League Central.
"When I first found out that Joe Maddon was my coach and I was getting traded over here, it was an exciting time for me," Fowler said. "I have a new season, a new team, new fans and a new city."
Entering his eighth season in the Major Leagues, Fowler believes he's more prepared than ever. He was a part of the MLB All-Star Series in Japan last November, playing alongside some of the best talents in baseball, including Robinson Cano and Yasiel Puig. It was a positive experience for Fowler, and one that will help improve his game going forward.
"When I went to Japan, I got to play with some of the best in the MLB," Fowler said. "Just learning from them, you can take a little bit from everybody."
With a new and improved Fowler at the top of the lineup and in center field, the Cubs have to like their chances in 2015.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.