There's a lot of space between "pitch to contact" and "14 strikeouts in a game".
There is no reason not to try to strike out as many guys as you can. It doesn't raise your pitch counts appreciably over not doing so since not doing so allows more hits, and hence more plate appearances, even if each plate appearance is shorter. So I'm not sure why you think the organization doesn't want him to be that pitcher. I think it's much more likely that he physically can't right now.