I would say it is a combination of factors and the 30 people wouldn't be agreed on by all. It would be similar to trying to name the best player at a certain position, or who should win the MVP. It's subjective, although the results among people will usually result in somewhat of a consensus.
I have designated ACE to be like number 1, but removed it from team specific criteria.
30 number 1s or Aces30 number 2s30 number 3s30 number 4s30 number 5sthe rest
I do use ELITE to describe dominating pitchers the way some would like to use the term ACE.Elite pitchers are usually aces, but aces may or may not be elite.
Any grouping of athletes with a label like ace will be subject to dispute and varying opinion, but at least we can agree with what we're talking about.
The best pitcher on a bad staff used to be called a STOPPER because the team hoped he could stop extended losing streaks. I would put Harrell in this category at this time.
Wouldn't it be easier just to go back see what the final decision was the last 108 times this has been discussed on this board?
"Has there ever been a final decision on anything discussed on this message board? LOL"
If there was - I made it.