Morgan Ensberg

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Morgan Paul Ensberg

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Morgan Ensberg and Jason Lane were teammates on four different teams. They were together at USC and Ensberg was drafted by the Houston Astros in 1998 and was followed to Houston by Lane a year later. In July of 2007 the Astros traded Ensberg to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. Just weeks later Lane was sent to the Padres in a separate deal. Finally that off-season both players signed with the New York Yankees as free agents. However, Ensberg was released after a few weeks of ineffective play in 2008, when he hit .203 in 28 games while Lane never even made the team.

Ensberg became an assistant coach at USC in 2011. He then moved to University of California, San Diego for 2012. He became an infield "development specialist" for the Houston Astros in 2013, assigned to the Lancaster JetHawks. In 2014, he was a special assignment coach with the Astros. In 2016, the Astros named him "minor league mindset coach", a position specifically created for him, that blends his passion for analytics with sports psychology, to help players in the system understand the organizational philosophy and their part in it as they move through the system. He then became a manager with the Tri-City ValleyCats in 2017. He was scheduled to be the manager of the Montgomery Biscuits in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Ensberg has been announcing the Fullerton Regional for ESPN in 2011.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (2005)
  • NL: Silver Slugger Award Winner (2005)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (2003, 2005 & 2006)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2005)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2005)

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2017 Tri-City ValleyCats New York-Penn League 34-39 10th Houston Astros
2018 Buies Creek Astros Carolina League 80-57 2nd Houston Astros League Champs
2019 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 88-50 1st Tampa Bay Rays Lost in 1st round
2021 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League Tampa Bay Rays

Further Reading[edit]

  • Brian McTaggart: "Ensberg set for role as Minors mindset coach: Position created this offseason for former Astros' MVP",, January 4, 2016. [1]

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