Preston Mattingly, the son of former New York Yankees first baseman and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, was signed by the Yankees.
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.