He is not a confident athlete. When pitching, however, a different kid emerges who lives and dies by his latest pitching performance.
Kids come in all kinds of packages. When my oldest son discovered (at a young age) he could throw a baseball very fast, and the game involved a lot of math and stats.... he was hooked. He was intrigued by it at at a very young age. Don't get me wrong he worked very hard to improve his skills at every level, but it was the initial appeal that won his love for the game. If you are a good pitcher with "stuff", and you understand baseball situations and probabilities....you can go a long way in this sport. If I'm a coach, I'd be saying "give me more nerds"!