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 signed with the Tampa Bay Rays for 2009 but was released at the end of spring training which effectively ended his playing career.

Ensberg returned to USC in 2010 to finish his finance degree and worked with the baseball team as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2011. He then moved to the University of California, San Diego for 2012 as an assistant coach.

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 and retained this role in 2015. 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 and Buies Creek Astros in 2018

Ensberg moved to the Rays' organization in 2019 and has managed AA Montgomery Biscuits since then. He was scheduled to manage the Biscuits again in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. After the 2023 season Ensberg also managed the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. In 2024 he was promoted to manager of the legendary Durham Bulls.

In the course of his career, Ensberg won championship rings in college (USC, 1998), Rookie ball (Auburn, 1998), Single-A (Kissimmee, 1999), Double-A (Round Rock, 2000), and Triple-A (New Orleans, 2001). He added a managerial ring to his resume with Buies Creek in 2018.

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 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 Double-A South 62-55 2nd Tampa Bay Rays Lost League Finals
2022 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 70-61 2nd Tampa Bay Rays Lost in 1st round
2023 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 80-58 2nd Tampa Bay Rays Lost in 1st round
2024 Durham Bulls International League Tampa Bay Rays

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