Born: Aug 26, 1975
A ninth-round pick of the Astros in 1998, it didn't take Ensberg long to reach the big leagues. He got into four games during the 2000 season. He returned in 2002 and gained playing time over the next few seasons, peaking in 2005 when he was named to the All-Star team, hit 36 homers and drove in 101 runs.
Ensberg was a key hitter in two playoff seasons but his batting stroke, always a work in progress, began to desert him the following year and, by 2007, he was traded to San Diego for scraps. He was no more successful in brief stops as a Padre and Yankee. He now has transitioned to providing color commentary on baseball telecasts.
In his seven seasons as an Astro, Ensberg compiled a .266 average with 105 homers and 335 RBIs.
One footnote. Ensberg was one of six minor-leaguers who were robbed at gunpoint in their Kissimmee, FL motel on March 12, 2000. While the players were ultimately unharmed other than some bites and scratches, the intense situation stayed with Morgan emotionally through his years in Houston.