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 Gyroball

DO NOT THROW THIS it will damage your arm, throw a 4seam as a fastball like a normal person - LambsWhiskey

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

It was a great pitch I used it for my strikeout pitch it got them guessing.

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

2 Two-Seam Fastball Two-Seam Fastball

Best pitch in the game. High cell high movement.

2 fastest pitch and moves on the hitter

Definitely At least in the top 2 or 3

With the right placement is unhittable - Chickenlegs

3 Spitball

Why would you learn this pitch? have fun getting caught applying foreign substances to the ball, you're better off putting pine tar on your hand from your glove - LambsWhiskey

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.

4 Slider Slider

Really hard to learn though

it is god

Hitters never know what happened


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5 Knuckle-Curve

You should see Craig Kimbrel on the Cubs throw this pitch 90mph! YIKES

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.

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

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

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6 Four Seam Fastball Four Seam Fastball

Though this pitch is the beginning pitch it is very effective if you know how to throw and locate it though the contact could be very crucial

We all about what is Fast Ball for beginner's.First is to hold you need grip the four seam fastball.Second place your index and middle fingertips directly on the perpendicular seam of the baseball.Third the "horseshoe seam" should face into your ring finger of your throwing hand.Finally trow it to the mount of the catcher

This should be your best pitch. it is the most accurate (and fastest) if you can't hit your spot with this don't even think about throwing a curveball or anything else. (this should be #1)

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

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7 Knuckleball

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

I am a pitcher in little league and I have used used it it is almost impossible to hit

Can be a very nasty pitch if you get the right grip and movement on the ball

Very hard to hit well rounded pitch.

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8 Curveball Curveball

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

It's funny to see batters get so fooled on a good hook

Crazy cool gets batters every time.

9 Split Finger Fastball (Splitter)

If started at the knees each time, there won't be one pop-fly - Chickenlegs

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

10 Changeup

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

this pitch can make the best htters look like ameteurs

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

When used with a fastball, the change up is the best pitch. - Cbatower

The Contenders

11 Sinker

I’m 13 and my sinker is top 10 in state, my best pitch and in my opinion, the best ever.

Why isn't this at least in top 5! such a good pitch

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 Screwball

The ' thing is like a slurve but reverse

14 Vulcan Changeup

The best pitch around, all time.

15 Circle Changeup

One of the toughest pitches to read. Looks like a 2seam with the movement of a sinker. Incredibly hard to throw and even harder to hit.

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

16 12-6 Curveball

No doubt has the most movement by any pitch ever.

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

So easy to learn and a great moving pitch to

17 Eephus Pitch

My favorite pitch the eephus down

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

18 Meatball

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

19 Forkball

Basically like the spitball except it's legal!

20 Slurve

Helo why is this so low

This is a great pitch why is this so uderrated

21 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.

22 Palmball
23 Sidearm Curve

I'm left-handed and it definitely feels more natural to throw sidearm for a curveball than any other way. I kind of throw sidearm for any pitch. Sharp break downwards

24 Football Changeup

Uhm no. that's how you might throw a cutter. this list is trash - LambsWhiskey

This pitch acts like a curveball. You throw it with the same arm action as you throw a football.
You grip it around the seams and when you're pitching, you twist your hand so it curves. This pitch is very rare and is one of the best changeups ever.

25 Star Change-Up

Really nasty

26 Reverse Sinker

Instead of dropping arm side for a RHP, it drops glove side.


27 9-3 Curveball

For most people it just goes vertically this goes horizontally and vertical

28 Sidearm Fastball
29 Running Fastball
30 Curve Knuckle

Curves, knuckles, and slurves

31 Power Curve

A faster curve

32 Folly Floater

It doesn't exist - LambsWhiskey

How do u throw it?

33 Hesitation Pitch

This struck batters out so well it was banned, and even worked against Josh "The Black Babe Ruth" (although I would call babe the white gibson) Gibson.

34 Shuuto
35 High Riser
36 Submarine Fastball
37 Moving Fastball

"When you haven't been taugt to pitch from a young age you grip the ball with your whole hand and angle your foot 45 degreese from the plate and aim for the middle and the ball should curve right before the plate" this pitch is good as long as you have a capale catcher.

38 3-Finger Change Up

Very Effective

39 Submarine Screwball

You grip this pitch like a 4-Seam Fastball and when pitching this pitch, your arm release has to be low and near your legs or ankles. This pitch is basically a fast lefty curveball for righties and a fast righty curveball for lefties.

This pitch is taxing on your arm so I recommend throwing it in college with your parent's permission.
With wiffleballs as many times as you want.

40 Sidearm Slider

Why is this last this is literally chris sale's top pitch - LambsWhiskey

It moves sideways then down. It could fool batters easily
Watch Chris Sale slider

Some extra movement horizontally

41 Overhand Curveball

Just like a regular curveball but extra break

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