Top Ten Best Baseball Pitches

List of the top ten most effective pitches in baseball for getting a batter out. Don't be afraid to specify a pitch e.g. Circle change, 3 finger change. And Backyard Baseball pitches don't count haha.

The Top Ten

1 Slider

An under-rated pitch that every hurler should have in his arsenal. When you get a pitcher that gives it good movement and good location, it's untouchable. Combine this with the two-seam fastball and you get the scissor effect...

Remarkable pitch. Great for messing with the batter, but you can't leave it right in the zone. If you pitch it right, it's deadly.

Third fastest pitch in baseball after the two fastballs. I think Ted Williams called it the greatest pitch ever. - Chickenlegs

U can't tell the slider much when hitting and people take the pitch

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2 Knuckle-Curve

No one believes you when you say you throw one, but it's like a curveball on steroids. The index finger just creates more spin than a regular curveball providing an even more dominant curveball, thus more strikeouts. Everyone should throw a knuckle curve.

Messes up a batter mentally. No one likes a knuckle-curve - Chickenlegs

I am 15 and I love my Knuckle Curve it is one of my most effective pitches along with my Circle Change

It strikes my friend out almost every time if a get a good enough spin on it.

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3 Four Seam Fastball

Younger players base his pitches on this specific pitch, should be at least top 5

The hell is this... When someone pitches you this it's a dinger. The ball doesn't move

Better have good location or be really fast - Chickenlegs

I think this one because all coaches pick this pitch

4 Two-Seam Fastball

2 fastest pitch and moves on the hitter

Definitely At least in the top 2 or 3

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5 Curveball

Virtually every pitcher College-level and up has to have a curveball - Chickenlegs

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6 Split Finger Fastball (Splitter)

I throw a splitter and I'm 15, it's a great pitch and does not put pressure in your arm like a curveball or slider

Splitters are great pitches. They don't mess up your arm like curves and sliders, and they brake enough to get any batter out with the proper location. Just look at a guy like Koji Uehara of the BoSox. His splitter was nearly invisible. - AlGalaxy

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7 Gyroball

Not a magic pitch, but gets in a batter's head - Chickenlegs

The batter thinks it's rising when it's actually dropping. It's awesome!

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9 Knuckleball

Tricky pitch, although it's prone to be hit for homers if left up in the zone - Chickenlegs

Very hard to hit well rounded pitch.

Toughest pitch to learn. And it is just like throwing a wiffle ball. It will break 3-4 times before actually reaching the plate. It basically has a mind of its own

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10 Changeup

Cornerstone of a pitcher's repertoire, never a bad time for a changeup - Chickenlegs

Felix Hernandez has the best in the game and Jamie Moyer had a good one too - Jman2021

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The Contenders

11 Sinker

Look up Brandon Webb, best sinker pitcher in the game today - Chickenlegs

12 Cutter

It perplexes me that this isn't number one. Mariano Rivera revolutionized it. Then, pitchers year by year found out the wonders of this pitch. You think it is a fastball, then, bam, it broke away.

I throw it at 11 years old, it doesn't hurt my arm in any way and strikes batters out 9 out of 10 times

Really trikes that hitter looks like a fastball but it moves

I heard the cut fastball is half four seamer, half slider

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13 Spitball

This pitch used water to alter the shape of the ball, making it into an oblong and virtually impossible to hit. This pitch was so nasty it was banned from the league. This pitch is just dirty.

14 Eephus Pitch

This pitch really drops on the batter and looks like a clown pitch, best used on heavy hitters

This pitch was great but you get used to it after a while

Can be thrown in the 40s. Really can mess up some hitters

15 12-6 Curveball

I throw this one, it's nasty. Easy to learn too

So easy to learn and a great moving pitch to

16 Forkball

Basically like the spitball except it's legal!

17 Vulcan Changeup
18 Meatball

For the batter- this is a great pitch. - AlGalaxy

19 Circle Changeup

Why is this #24? This is an amazing pitch, a cross between a Changeup and a sinker.

This is like the best change up this should be in top ten

20 Foshball

Great Pitch. Very similar to a Splitter, but with some tail away from a right handed batter. There are technically two ways to grip it as well, both resulting in the same movement, but with different speed. Downright nasty pitch, but very underrated, and rarely seen.

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List StatsUpdated 23 Feb 2017

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Top Remixes

1. Gyroball
2. Spitball
3. Two-Seam Fastball
1. Four Seam Fastball
2. Knuckle-Curve
3. Slider
1. Gyroball
2. Cutter
3. Knuckleball



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