KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Not all the faces at Astros camp this spring are new.
Former Astros players Morgan Ensberg and Adam Everett, who were added to the Minor League coaching staff this winter, have been in camp for a few days and have been working with the Major League club. Ensberg, a third baseman, and Everett, a shortstop, comprised the left side of the infield when the Astros reached the World Series in 2005.
"It brings back a lot of great memories," said Ensberg, who's been hired as a developmental specialist at the Astros' Class A affiliate in Lancaster, Calif.
Ensberg, who had done some coaching at the University of California-San Diego, said he's amazed at athleticism the Astros have amassed and will try to give as much advice as he can.
"I kind of battle the idea sometimes whether I should say something now or hope to do it later, and I feel like it's a complete waste if I wait on it," Ensberg said. "If I see something that can help a kid, I tell them immediately. I just don't want to the kid to continue to do something that will hurt them in the long run."
Everett, who was a terrific defensive player, will be an infield instructor, working with both the Major League team as well as the organization's Minor League infielders. He'll be at Major League and Minor League Spring Training and visit the affiliates and the Astros during the season.
"It brings back a lot of great memories, just seeing where the organization is and where it's going," Everett said. "It's encouraging. To see all the guys come back that want to be a part of it, as far as former players and getting involved, it's actually pretty neat."