I don’t know how long its been since you came down the path from kiddyball to HS ball to college ball to the pros, but I can tell you that what’s normal now in HS is the same thing it was 10 years ago when my son went through it. Its manifested in players seldom having a lot of control over their own destinies, especially pitchers.
Of course a lot depends on the situation, where smaller schools and less populous areas give players a bit more flexibility in their playing decisions. But for a great many pitchers, once you’ve demonstrated you’re one of the best pitchers on a HS team, chances are, the “PO” label isn’t far away.
To be sure, there are a good many very good HS pitchers who also play other positions regularly as well as regularly hit, but chances are, it ain’t gonna happen. In the smaller schools or where there isn’t a lot of competition, it’s a lot more likely to happen, but in a school like ours where there’s literally 2 very good players at every position, and at least 5 or 6 well above “average” pitchers, a decision has to be made.
That decision is, unless we’re talking about “The Natural” who was the best at everything he did on the field, there isn’t enough time available to get to, and then to maintain a degree of competence high enough to be a “2 way” regular. The reason most will opt to the pitching side, is that there’s a lot less requirements for a pitcher than a position player.
By that I mean. a pitcher can be short, tall, fat, skinny, a great athlete or a relatively poor one, someone who can run like the wind or who can’t get out of his own way. IOW, a lot of players can only be seriously considered for a few positions anyway, and there’s a good chance they wouldn’t be the best at them.
A good example would be a LH thrower. He’s only gonna be seriously considered for the 3 outfield positions, 1st base, and pitching. Chances are, there will be more players contending for that 1st base spot than any other, and if he isn’t fleet of foot, he’s even limited to which OF spot he’d be put in. On the other hand, there aren’t a lot of coaches who don’t want LH pitchers, as long as they can get the ball someplace near the plate.
My point is, unlike kiddyball where kids can literally play anywhere, the competition is a lot stiffer and therefore much more difficult once the kids get to HS. Even though it would be better for everyone, I don’t see it as something where there’s a lot of choice involved.