Though he didn’t look like it last night, CC Sabathia is an ace. He’s a stud and a true #1 starter. There are very few of them in this world and, like pornography, you know one when you see one.

The idea of an “ace” is constantly kicked around by all fans: the most “casual” types wondering if their team’s Opening Day starter qualifies as a legitimate ace or the prospect types projecting and/or wishcasting on a low-A fireballer.

Who are the real aces in baseball right now? Recently Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that you can name all the aces in baseball right now on two hands. Is it true? Below, a list of one man’s humble opinions in no particular order.

Jered Weaver

David Price

Felix Hernandez

Cliff Lee

Roy Halladay

Stephen Strasburg

CC Sabathia

Justin Verlander

Clayton Kershaw

Zack Greinke

The thing with aces: you could probably argue a few of these guys off the list but would have tough time arguing any of the below hurlers on to the list. Click this link for a custom Fangraphs leaderboard featuring all their recent exploits.

A few of the guys on the below list might end up with their photo on Getting Blanked one day. A few of these guys used to be the list but health or Lincecumonia knocked them down a peg. Still good, not quite “great” in my arbitrary, not rigorously researched way. (If I could have made this a slideshow, I would have.)

The Not Quite Theres

Yovani Gallardo Cole Hamels Matt Cain
Yu Darvish Josh Johnson Big Carp
R.A. Dickey Chris Sale Tim Lincecum
Adam Wainwright James Shields Jon Lester