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List of baseball pitches
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List of baseball pitches

In baseball, pitchers throw a variety of pitches, each one of which has a slightly different velocity, trajectory, break and/or arm angle. Some common pitches are:

Table of contents
1 Fastballs
2 Breaking balls
3 Changeups
4 Others


The fastball is the most common pitch in baseball, and almost all pitchers use some form of a fastball from time to time. At its simplest, it is a straight pitch thrown very fast. The cut fastball, split-finger fastball and forkball are variations on the fastball with extra movement. The most common fastball type pitches are:

Breaking balls

Well-thrown breaking balls have movement—sideways or downward usually. The goal is usually to make the ball difficult to hit well or confusing to batters. Most breaking balls are considered off-speed pitches. The most common breaking pitches are:


The changeup is the staple off-speed pitch, usually thrown to look like a fastball but arriving much slower to the plate. It is meant to confuse the batter with timing. The most common changeups are:


Other pitches which are or have been used in baseball are: