Morgan Ensberg returns to the Astros for his second season and his first as the club's Minor League special assignment coach. In his new role, Ensberg will travel throughout the Astros system to instruct fielders and work with the club's minor league players. In 2013, he joined the professional coaching ranks as the infield coach at Class A Advanced Lancaster, where he helped lead the club to an 82-58 record and both the first and second half South Division titles in the California League.
The former third baseman played eight seasons in the Majors, which included his first seven seasons with the Astros (2000, 2002-07) and stints with the Padres (2007) and Yankees (2008).
Ensberg was a member of the 2005 Astros club that made it to the World Series, and the 2004 club that advanced to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. His best season came in 2005, where he was an All-Star and Silver Slugger, and finished fourth in the National League MVP voting after hitting .283 (149x526) with 30 doubles, 36 homers, 101 RBI and a .945 OPS (.388 OBP/.557 SLG). He was also named the Astros 2005 MVP by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA during that historic 2005 season. In 2004, he was honored by the BBWAA as the Astros recipient of the Darryl Kile 'Good Guy' Award.
Following his playing career, Ensberg returned to the University of Southern California in 2010 to finish his degree in finance while also serving as an undergraduate assistant coach for the school's baseball team. He then moved on to be an assistant coach at the University of California, San Diego in 2012. Ensberg has served as a college baseball analyst for ESPN, and from 2011-12 he was the co-host on SiriusXM's MLB Roundtrip radio show.
The California native received his B.B.A. in finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he played for the school's baseball team from 1995-98. During his three-year playing career at USC, he hit .331 with 40 home runs and 149 RBI and is the only Trojan to have a 20-homer, 20-stolen base season. He was a member of two College World Series teams, including the 1998 National Championship squad. His 40 home runs rank tied for fifth all-time at USC.