Pitcher wanting to catch

So...my son has been pitching for a couple of years. He's in 8th grade, playing on his high school team. in the past, he's expressed a desire to catch, but because of his birthday he has typically been one of the younger (smaller) kids on his teams.

Fast forward to high school, the 5 catchers in the baseball program seem to be the smaller framed players, so this has reignited his interest in catching. He tells me that he wants to catch to become a better pitcher, learn more about game strategy and be able to size up batters.

My questions...

Will it negatively affect his pitching? IE arm motion, squatting affecting delivery, etc.

From a coaches standpoint, does a kid that plays all the infield positions make him more valuable, or should he settle down to be a pitcher only, with a relatively low impact second position like SS/2B?

Thanks

 

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