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Pitching vs. Position Playing in High School Baseball

By Jean Bedord | May 29, 2008

From Ask the Baseball Pro:
Mike wrote:
My son is a sophomore and described as a control pitcher. He is 5-11 about 150 lbs. and works very hard during the off season getting quality pitching and hitting instruction.

My question is: since he is such an effective pitcher, the coach seems reluctant to put him in any other position and therefore, he rarely gets up to bat. Is this normal at the high school level? Should we stop the hitting lessons? And how about college……do the pitchers hit?

He loves to pitch and has become very successful, but I think its hard for him not to be involved in the other parts of the game.
Thanks so much for your reply.

From the Baseball Pro:
Mike,
It sounds to me as if your son is a better pitcher than he is a position player. Is that true? If it is, then the coach is just doing what’s best for the team. If it is not true then your son should be playing a position as well.

It is hard to say that as a sophomore in high school, the coach already knows what he will be best at. In college most pitchers will not hit, and the coach instead will elect to use a DH. But if he really wants to hit then he should find a summer team willing to let him play a position as well and see where that takes him.
Your Baseball Pro, Steve

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