Pitching vs, Catching

We have a 2022 kid (5'7" & 175 lbs) and are looking for advise. He is a RHP and his top FB velocity last summer was 79. He is part of a competitive travel team and participated in five PG tournaments summer/fall and made the All-Tournament Teams in four of the five for pitching and all five for hitting. (The one he missed for pitching was due to an injury where he did not pitch. )   I understand the All-Tournament Teams is not a big deal but mention it as back ground information. He also catches and we have been told his catching skills are high and might be his ticket to a mid D-1 school.

Despite 57 innings pitched and an ERA of 1.9 covering all tournaments for the Summer/Fall (ERA of .85 for the Five  PG tournaments), he got absolutely no attention from the scouts at the tournaments despite winning every game he started while a teammate who throw in the mid-80's (much taller kid who simply looks like a pitcher) got constant attention and will probably commit to a D-1,P5) this coming summer. The other kid rarely goes more than three innings and pushes an ERA of 4. I am totally aware it is all about "potential" at this age but want to be realistic. The coaches (both high school and travel) obviously sees our kid for the potential to win games  on the mound "now" so for the past 12 months, his catching opportunities have been rare and when not pitching, he plays the infield corners.

So  here is the question, our kid loves to pitch but his long term goal is to play in college.  His doctor says he will probably top out at 5'10" which means he will never be the prototypical pitcher prospect. Should we push him away from the pitching and start restricting his innings pitched (he is a strong kid and the coaches love that he is always good for 5/6/7 innings per game) and look for a team where he can catch more?

I appreciate the knowledge on this board and would welcome some guidance.

Original Post
×
×
×
×