, an off-speed pitch
is a pitch
thrown at a slower speed than a fastball. Collectively, all off-speed pitches are known as junk. Breaking balls
are the two types of off-speed pitches. The goals of off-speed pitches vary. Some are to get the batter off balance, have him swing early, and to make the fastball
seem faster to the batter
. A majority of pitchers will have at least one off-speed pitch in their repertoire.