Preston Mattingly

Preston Michael Mattingly (born August 28, 1987 in Evansville, Indiana) is a retired American professional baseball player who played in the minor league baseball farm systems for the Dodgers and Indians for 6 seasons. Mattingly retired from baseball in 2011, and he is currently a NCAA Division I basketball student athlete at Lamar University. Mattingly is a graduate of Central High School, and the son of former New York Yankee great, Don Mattingly, who currently coaches the Miami Marlins.

Early Life

Preston was born in Evansville, Indiana on August 28, 1987. He attended Central High School, where he played baseball, football, and basketball. As a basketball student athlete Mattingly averaged 20.9 points as a senior.

Mattingly finished second in the state of Indiana’s vote for Mr. Baseball in 2006 losing to Josh Phegley.

As a senior, Mattingly batted .467 for Central, finishing with a .531 on-base average and a .776 slugging average. He totaled 10 doubles, seven triples and three homers while driving in 39 runs and scoring 40. He also stole 22 bases in 23 attempts and struck out only four times in 107 at-bats.

Professional Baseball

Mattingly was the 31st overall pick in the 2006 draft selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2006, he played for the GCL Dodgers of the Gulf Coast League, where, he batted .290 with a home run and 29 RBIs in 47 games. He was fifth in the league in hits with 54 and had an 11-game hitting steak from June 29-July 12. In 2007. He played for the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League, where he played 92 games with 6 home runs and 24 RBIs with a batting average of .224.

Mattingly retired from baseball in 2011 after six years in the minor leagues playing shortstop, second base and in the outfield. Mattingly hit .232 in 410 career minor league games.

Basketball Career

After 6 years in baseball, Preston went back to college and at 27 he became a freshman, starting guard in Division I basketball on Lamar University’s team.

In his first season as a freshman, he played in 19 games, starting the final three of the season. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, dished out five assists, recorded three steals and blocked a shot.

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