I was talking with a 17u coach the other day and he was adamant that ALL of his catchers are pitchers. He was very clear that he lets them rest, pitch, rest then later on in the tournament he uses them as catchers. He said it makes the most sense because pitchers and catchers both need incredible strength, and while the throwing mechanics are different for each the strength required to make the throw is the same, and not similar to OF or the rest of the IF. Also, it makes a better catcher if he understands fully how to pitch.
Now I have read on here multiple times that it is NOT good to have a player be both catcher and pitcher, it over uses the arm and will shorten the shelf life of both a catcher and a pitcher.
Anyone have strong feelings on this one way or the other?