So, I have a 2020 RHP who is committed. Going into freshmen year of HS he was starting to struggle at hitting and was never a great hitter. I do think the effort he put into trying to get better at hitting helped him overall. Once he decided to be a PO, training was more focused. He didn't have to worry about playing the field in games and could plan his arm care routine and training better.
My 2022 is a 3B/RHP. He will likely play SS for varsity this year in HS (he is not a SS, but options are limited). Before coming down with mono in June he was at 85.4 off the mound and 88 across the diamond. Now after coming back for a few weeks, back up to 84 on the mound (PBR and PG have him at 84). Once he's back to 100%, I think he'll be back where he was.
On a good travel team he bats 5th, but in the grand scheme of things, he gets by on athleticism, doesn't work on hitting and it's going to catch up with him.
The pragmatic side of me and based on what I saw with my older thinks he should stop hitting now, and concentrate on what will get him to the next level. The dad side of me says, let him have fun and keep hitting.
The other benefit of hitting/playing the field is that it shows his athleticism. The flip side of that is if he does a showcase as a 2 way (like this past weekend) he can end up pitching after the 19th inning, 8 hours into the day....
How have others dealt with this?