The New York Yankees released minor-leaguer Preston Mattingly, a former first round draft pick who is a son of the team’s former All-Star first baseman and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Preston Mattingly, 24, never reached the major leagues in six years of professional baseball after being selected with the 31st pick in the 2006 draft by the Dodgers. The Yankees signed him as a free agent in January, and he was playing in their minor-league spring-training camp before being released, team spokesman Jason Latimer said in an e-mail.
Mattingly, 24, batted .232 with five home runs, 19 runs batted in and five doubles last season, finishing with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers’ advanced Class-A affiliate.
Don Mattingly, who became Dodgers manager in September 2010 when Joe Torre resigned, played his entire 14-year career for the Yankees, retiring in 1995. He had a .307 career batting average, 222 home runs and 1,099 runs batted in, was selected as an All-Star six times and won nine Gold Glove Awards for his play at first base.