Pitchers should only field a ball to protect their life and limb or to field a tapper or a bunt that is directly in front of them–and even then only if the catcher or other infielder can’t get to it.
Pitchers seem to be great a hitting a mitt, but terrible at hitting any other piece of leather. How many times have we watched ‘easy’ plays result in horrendous throws from the pitcher? How many deflected balls have been misdirected away from charging middle infielders by pitchers flashing tardy leather? How many theoretical 1-6-3 double plays have begun with a pitcher throwing the ball into center field?
Yes, practice fielding from the mound and covering first because it’s a skill that will be needed from time to time and you want to be able to get the out, but every time a ball is hit to the pitcher, I throw up in my mouth a little as a coach. :oops: