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Full Name: Morgan Paul Ensberg Primary Position: 3B
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/210 First Game: September 20, 2000
Birthdate: August 26, 1975 MLB Experience: 6 years
Birthplace: Redondo Beach, California
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Morgan Ensberg (Morgan Paul Ensberg) was born on August 26, 1975 in Redondo Beach, California. He made his Major League debut on September 20, 2000 for the Houston Astros. In 2002, his rookie year, he hit .242 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI. Ensberg has played for the Houston Astros for his entire 6 year career.

Most people believe that Morgan Ensberg's best season was 2005, when he slugged 36 home runs, hit for a .283 average and knocked in 101 runs.

Scouting Report

Batting

Ensberg is one of the better pure hitters in the league. He has a phenomenal eye at the plate and rarely gets himself out. He's one of the premier third baseman in the league right now, having refined his approach and developed power to all fields rather than being strictly a pull hitter. He works the count very well and is content to take a walk if the pitcher doesn't give in. He's one of the better clutch hitters the Astros have, and is a rare power hitter that changes his approach with two strikes. Ensberg's biggest weakness may be that he's too patient; he'll often fall behind in the count early by taking pitches down the middle in an attempt to work the count and most of his strike outs come on called third strikes.

Baserunning and Defense

Ensberg has the speed to be a moderate stolen base threat but his instincts and jumps leave a lot to be desired. He doesn't read pitchers well which results in poor jumps, and he is prone to making mistakes on the basepaths. With his speed he could stand to be more aggressive, but that may result in him running into more outs.

Ensberg's defense has come a long, long way since his first full season in 2003. He's vastly improved his hands and his range, definitely helped along the way by Adam Everett. He has a strong arm but his accuracy is poor. With all the strides he's made in his defense, he'll never be a Gold Glove-caliber third baseman and at this point is merely average; slightly above average at best.

Overall

Along with Lance Berkman, Ensberg looks to solidify the middle of Houston's lineup for the next few years. A late bloomer, Ensberg has only recently come into his own as a hitter. Still, at this point he's one of the best third basemen in baseball and the Astros don't seem to have any plans to replace him anytime in the near future.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2000 HOU N 4 7 0 2 0 0 .286 .286 .286 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002 HOU N 49 132 14 32 3 19 .242 .346 .394 7 2 18 25 3 0 2 0 8
2003 HOU N 127 385 69 112 25 60 .291 .377 .530 15 1 48 60 6 1 7 1 10
2004 HOU N 131 411 51 113 10 66 .275 .330 .411 20 3 36 46 0 5 6 1 17
2005 HOU N 150 526 86 149 36 101 .283 .388 .557 30 3 85 119 8 0 6 9 12
2006 HOU N 127 387 67 91 23 58 .235 .396 .463 17 1 101 96 4 0 1 7 3
2007 HOU N 85 224 36 52 8 31 .232 .323 .384 10 0 31 48 0 2 0 0 6
2007 SD N 30 58 11 13 4 8 .224 .308 .483 3 0 7 19 0 0 0 0 1
2007 TOT N 115 282 47 65 12 39 .230 .320 .404 13 0 38 67 0 2 0 0 7
Total 703 2130 334 564 109 343 .265 .366 .476 102 10 326 414 21 8 22 18 57

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2000 HOU N 3B 1 1 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
2002 HOU N 3B 43 37 328.1 28 76 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 .929
2003 HOU N 3B 111 89 818 77 184 9 18 0 0 0 0 0 .967
2003 HOU N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 HOU N 3B 118 103 920.2 80 164 13 23 1 0 0 0 0 .949
2004 HOU N SS 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 HOU N 3B 148 147 1286.1 100 296 15 31 0 0 0 0 0 .964
2006 HOU N 3B 117 106 975 80 230 12 25 0 0 0 0 0 .963
2007 HOU N 3B 68 52 492.1 36 107 11 12 0 0 0 0 0 .929
2007 SD N 3B 12 10 92.2 3 29 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .970
2007 SD N 1B 1 1 9 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .889
2007 TOT N 3B 80 62 585 39 136 12 15 0 0 0 0 0 .936
Total DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total SS 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 3B 618 545 4922.1 405 1087 70 117 1 0 0 0 0 .955
Total 1B 1 1 9 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .889

Transactions

  • Selected by Seattle Mariners in the 61st round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 2, 1994).
  • Selected by Houston Astros in the 9th round of the free-agent draft (June 2, 1998 - signed June 18, 1998).

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