From the Courier and Press -
Three reasons why Preston Mattingly is a hot baseball commodity:
* Of the 30 major league teams, 24 have shown an interest in drafting the Evansville Central High School star.
* Ten of those organizations had representatives at a Central batting practice and at a recent game last week. Altogether, 18 scouts showed up to watch Mattingly that day.
* The New York Yankees’ scouting director, Damon Oppenheimer, has paid a visit.
All this has deeply impressed Central baseball coach Jason Engelbrecht, who is himself an associate scout with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He has seen scouts much farther up in their respective organizations come watch Mattingly play and file enthusiastic reports.
What this could mean for Mattingly in terms of the major league draft in early June is simple: being selected on the first day.
“Maybe he’ll sneak into the first 10 rounds,” said Engelbrecht.
Gosh, how hard would it be for this kid to try and make it in New York? His best bet would be a National League West Coast team – as far from Yankeeland as possible.
Let him grow into a star somewhere else, without the pressure of New York, and then sign him as a Free Agent if he wants to play for the same team as his Dad.