What kind of games is he pitching in at this time of the year?
I really wouldn’t worry about it. For one thing, throwing in a bull pen is about as much like pitching in a game, as taking BP is like hitting in one. There’s just no way to produce the kind of pressures in practice that occur in games. It’s a learning process, and being’s how he’s only 10, and some players never figure out even after pitching 10 year or more, just accept that it’s a learned skill that has as much to do with what’s between the ears as anything else.
I would say one thing though, but I must add that a lot of people would say I’m dead wrong. Way to many pitchers get “cute” when they get into counts where everyone is expecting a K. Waste one high, waste one in the dirt, nibble here, nibble there, and throw in a couple foul balls and all of a sudden the batter’s trotting down to 1st, and the pitcher looks foolish.
With a count like that at that age, why not just challenge the hitter with the very best pitch in the arsenal and make him swing, not look? But like I said, that’s just my opinion.