The New York Yankees announced today that they've signed Preston Mattingly, the son of longtime star Don Mattingly, to a minor league contract.
The younger Mattingly, 24, spent last season in the Los Angeles' Dodgers' organization. He hit .232 (38-for-164) with five doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 53 games split between Class A Great Lakes and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. He was originally drafted as a compensation-round pick in the 2006 draft, and he's hit .232 in six minor league seasons.
The elder Mattingly played his entire 14-year career in Yankee pinstripes from 1982 through 1995. He's now entering his second season as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Preston Mattingly is expected to report to the Yankees' minor league spring training. Preston is the second Mattingly son to play in the Yankees' system -- Taylor Mattingly was a 42nd-round draft pick by the franchise back in 2003.