The younger Mattingly, an outfielder, will report to the club’s minor league spring training camp, the team said in a news release yesterday.
Preston Mattingly, 24, was drafted by the Dodgers with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2006 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He had a .232 batting average in the minor leagues in 2011, finishing the season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers’ advanced Class-A affiliate. After starting his pro career as a shortstop, he’s moved to second base and then outfield in recent seasons.
Don Mattingly played his entire 14-year career for the Yankees, retiring in 1995 with a career .307 batting average, 222 home runs and 1,099 runs batted in. He was selected as an All-Star six times and won nine Gold Glove Awards for his play at first base.
Mattingly became a hitting coach for the Yankees before leaving with Joe Torre to join the Dodgers in November 2007. He took over as manager when Torre resigned in September 2010.
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