Indians Acquire Preston Mattingly

The Indians have acquired Preston Mattingly from the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Roman Pena, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com (via Twitter).  Of course, Mattingly's father Don will take over as Dodgers skipper beginning in 2011.

Mattingly was the Dodgers' first-round selection (31st overall) in the 2006 draft.  The 23-year-old was being groomed as a middle infielder up until 2009 when he spent the bulk of his time in left field.  The youngster split time between Rookie ball and the Dodgers' Inland Empire affiliate, hitting just .218/.247/.291.

Pena, 24, has a .189/.300/.313 slash line at the A-plus level.  The left-handed batter has experience at all three outfield positions.


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46 Comments on "Indians Acquire Preston Mattingly"


Corey Italiano
4 years 11 months ago

Wow, you’d think Mattingly wouldn’t trade his son regardless of how bad he sucks huh

zonis
4 years 11 months ago

Wait, what? Didn’t Mattingly just become manager of the Dodgers? And now they’re trading away his son?

mattinglyfan
4 years 11 months ago

It doesn’t matter where Preston goes because he won’t make it to the majors.

fitz
4 years 11 months ago

haha awesome

GOLSF
4 years 11 months ago

OK, so this guy hit .238 in a full season at single A ball without power or plate discipline and this is news why?

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 11 months ago

Must be a slow baseball news day thus far!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

it’s because of the player going the other way, this phenom’s OPS at high-A was a whopping .613 and he hit .188 as well.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

it’s because of the player going the other way, this phenom’s OPS at high-A was a whopping .613 and he hit .188 as well.

4 years 11 months ago

Dodgers were reportedly unhappy with Preston after he hinted at his father’s hire via twitter before it was announced publicly. Additionally, this wouldn’t be the first time an organization didn’t want a father/son coach/player tandem because of it’s tendency to bring out organizational politics and issues.Bottom line is, Preston Mattingly isn’t a good prospect. He’ll probably fizzle out in the next few years anyway and it’s better for the Dodgers that he be out of the organization

4 years 11 months ago

Didnt one of Wallachs sons get traded this year too?

4 years 11 months ago

Didnt one of Wallachs sons get traded this year too?

4 years 11 months ago

Dodgers were reportedly unhappy with Preston after he hinted at his father’s hire via twitter before it was announced publicly. Additionally, this wouldn’t be the first time an organization didn’t want a father/son coach/player tandem because of it’s tendency to bring out organizational politics and issues.Bottom line is, Preston Mattingly isn’t a good prospect. He’ll probably fizzle out in the next few years anyway and it’s better for the Dodgers that he be out of the organization

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Now there is one less horrible prospect for me to laugh at…

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

What about Chris Withrow?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Withrow always had, and still has, #1 potential. He was of the youngest in AA last season and at least held the Ks. Preston was a bad pick @ the time and has always sucked. WAY different

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Withrow always had, and still has, #1 potential. He was of the youngest in AA last season and at least held the Ks. Preston was a bad pick @ the time and has always sucked. WAY different

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

One bad season makes him a bad prospect?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

No, but 4 bad seasons does.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

if your basing your analysis on a prospect with ERA, this conversation is just done…

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

I’m not, and stop being so defensive. I follow withrow and milb, and he is going backwards and isn’t a good prospect anymore in my opinion.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

I’m not, and stop being so defensive. I follow withrow and milb, and he is going backwards and isn’t a good prospect anymore in my opinion.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

if your basing your analysis on a prospect with ERA, this conversation is just done…

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

No, but 4 bad seasons does.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

One bad season makes him a bad prospect?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Now there is one less horrible prospect for me to laugh at…

4 years 11 months ago

great organization! nothing like this to make Donnie Baseball feel welcome!

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Unless he was someone who agreed with this needing to be done. And, lets face it, Preston isnt going to see the majors. This was one of Whites few horrible picks…

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Unless he was someone who agreed with this needing to be done. And, lets face it, Preston isnt going to see the majors. This was one of Whites few horrible picks…

4 years 11 months ago

great organization! nothing like this to make Donnie Baseball feel welcome!

NikeShoes11
4 years 11 months ago

Mattingly didn’t get traded because they were mad about his twitter or because they didn’t want him.. They have a minor league system full of strong outfielders so he ask to be traded somewhere to get a fresh start and more chances. He was playing hurt all year last year. Proof that he is still a decent prospect is the guy they got in return for him

NikeSocks
4 years 11 months ago

Preston Mattingly asked to be traded because the dodgers are deep in outfield prospects and he wanted to go somewhere he could get a chance to play everyday. He has been hurt so his numbers aren’t good but he is still a decent prospect. If he didn’t have any value, they wouldn’t have been able to get another prospect for him

Sniderlover
4 years 11 months ago

The other prospect doesn’t really hold any value either.

Trash for trash. Doubt they ever make it to the bigs.

Disqus01
4 years 11 months ago

Román Peña Zonta is a heck of a player that has been having a rough time at A+, while at one of the most competitives winter leagues in the world he has had a pretty good track record playing for Mexicali in México, with a line of:
0.323 AVG, 66 games out of the 68 scheduled, 6 Hrs, 34 RBI, 0.379 OBP, 0.541 SLG, 0.920 OPS

His 0.323 AVG was third on his team behind the 0.329 of Cubs prospects Matt Camp and Brad Snyder, and good for 6th in the league:
Sandy Madera (Mochis) 0.413 AVG, 14 Hr, 28 RBI
Brad Snyder (Mexicali) 0.379, 9 Hr, 48 RBI
Mike Cervenak (Culiacán) 0.330, 11 Hr, 48 RBI
Matt Camp (Mexicali) 0.329, 2 Hr, 29 RBI
John Lindsey (Mazatlán) 0.325, 11 Hr, 37 RBI
Román Peña (Mazatlán) 0.323, 6 Hr, 34 RBI

The years he’s been playing he has always posted good, solid numbers always above 0.320 AVG (he was acquired when Johny Gómes declined to play again in the winter league).

Also he has a pretty good glove in the outfield and a really good throw (i’ve seen him put a one bounce throw from CF to homeplate from 300+ feet of distance).

Sniderlover
4 years 11 months ago

The other prospect doesn’t really hold any value either.

Trash for trash. Doubt they ever make it to the bigs.

Zack23
4 years 11 months ago

Lol, no.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

did you really make two accounts so you could post the same thing twice, making it seem that multiple people have the same idea? lol

4 years 11 months ago

the indians could have bought have for $10. Now that would have been a better deal

Red_Line_9
4 years 11 months ago

The lucky sperm club strikes again. The dude is 23 and in high A after all this time? He’d be sacking groceries if he wasn’t Don Mattingly’s son. Can’t they get him a gig scouting or something/

markjsunz
4 years 11 months ago

It is an exchange of a couple of slugs. Nothing more. It will be a long off season for the Dodgers. They should trade away kemp while there still is value. Another off season in los angeles with the night life and tapping the headboards with Rhianna should have him down to .220 next september. Kemp looked like a 5 tool prospect now he is just another guy passing thru.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Preston was in a class of his own….

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 11 months ago

Preston was in a class of his own….

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

An A’s fan talking trash about draft picks?

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

An A’s fan talking trash about draft picks?

mattinglyfan
4 years 11 months ago

It’s funny reading Moneyball now and reading about Beane and DePodesta get excited about Jeremy Brown and Ben Fritz.

mattinglyfan
4 years 11 months ago

It’s funny reading Moneyball now and reading about Beane and DePodesta get excited about Jeremy Brown and Ben Fritz.

4 years 10 months ago

Yeah but they also hit 3 major league regulars in their first 6 picks with Swisher, Blanton, and Teahen.

You can say what you want about the A’s philosophy but that is a high success rate for any team, even early in a draft.