Jeff Branson Essentials
Positions: Third Baseman, Second Baseman and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left • Throws: Right
6-0, 180lb (183cm, 81kg)
Born: Thursday, January 26, 1967 in Waynesboro, MS USA
Draft: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL).
High School: Southern Choctaw HS (Silas, AL)
School: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
Debut: 4/12/1992 HOU 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Last Game: 10/6/2001 vs. SFG 5 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Full Name: Jeffery Glenn Branson
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Jeff was drafted by the Reds in the 2nd round of the 1988 amateur draft on June 1, 1988
He made his MLB debut with the Reds on April 12, 1992. A utility infielder, Jeff had a hard time making room for himself as an everyday player as the Reds continued to bring in new players that went ahead of him in the depth chart… Bill Doran, Juan Samuel, Bret Boone, Tony Fernandez, Chis Sabo, and others. Jeff did get most of the playing time at third base in 1995, playing in 122 games. He played in Cincinnati for 6 years, in 571 games.
He also played 1-1/2 seasons in Cleveland and 2 seasons in Los Angeles before hanging up his cleats.
After his playing career ended, infielder Branson spent 2003 as hitting coach of the Williamsport Crosscutters and was the team’s skipper the following year. After two seasons managing the Hickory Crawdads, he was named as the manager of the Lynchburg Hillcats for 2007. Branson was the hitting coach for the Indianapolis Indians in 2009-2012. In 2013, he moved up to the Pittsburgh Pirates as an assistant hitting coach. When hitting coach Jay Bell left before the 2014 season, Branson was promoted to take his place, staying until the end of the 2018 season.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record