Jeffery Glenn Branson
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- School Livingston University
- High school Southern Choctaw High School
- Debut April 12, 1992
- Final Game October 6, 2001
- Born January 26, 1967 in Waynesboro, MS USA
Jeff Branson was signed as a 2nd round pick in the 1988 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and scout Julian Mock. A super utility guy, Jeff saw his most action roaming the infield in Cincinnati during the 1990s, batting .260 with 12 home runs in 1995. In parts of nine seasons, he played 694 games, finishing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001.
After his playing career ended, 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 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 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. Branson was minor league hitting coordinator for the Detroit Tigers in 2021 when he was called upon to replace Mike Hessman as hitting coach of the Toledo Mud Hens when Hessman was promoted to the majors to replace Jose Cruz.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2004||Williamsport Crosscutters||New York-Penn League||34-40||9th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2005||Hickory Crawdads||South Atlantic League||54-80||15th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2006||Hickory Crawdads||South Atlantic League||67-70||10th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2007||Lynchburg Hillcats||Carolina League||55-82||8th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2008||Lynchburg Hillcats||Carolina League||58-80||7th||Pittsburgh Pirates|