My son is a pitcher (on the HS JV team, 14 turning 15 in a few months). He has only been playing since he was 11 turning 12, and has always been behind his peers in hitting and fielding, though he has caught up on his infielding by a lot of hard work. He is still "hitting challenged" lol. He shines, though, when he has the ball in his hands. He's always been the top pitcher on his (relatively low level) travel teams and we've never pushed to upgrade teams because of the above stated deficiencies. He's 1 or 2 pitcher on the JV team.
He is not a confident athlete. When pitching, however, a different kid emerges who lives and dies by his latest pitching performance.
Where this gets weird is that he is also a totally introverted nerdy underdeveloped (skinny as a rail) kid who would rather play video games. Fitting in with his teammates has always been awkward for him.
So he is a nerd with skills that makes him hang out with athletic, confident kids his age and older... He finds this mismatch stressful, but he knows that is what he needs to do to keep pitching. I'm hoping that he'll gain some of their swagger, but time will tell.
Any similar experiences with your son? How did it turn out? Any thoughts are welcome. I'd like to help him navigate this, but in the end its his to navigate...