Profar the steal of the draft

Shortstop should have been picked much higher in 'franchise player draft'

Updated: June 4, 2013, 3:53 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider

For the third straight season, ESPN enlisted a panel of 30 contributors to take part in a "franchise player draft."

Now that all the picks have been made, it's time to dissect our selections. I used the ZiPS projection system to project all the candidates for a franchise draft and rank them by projected WAR (wins above replacement) from 2013 to 2018 to see who made the best selections. And if a computer evaluating the choices of humanity and acting as judge, jury and executioner sounds a little like science-fiction, we are already one-eighth through the 21st century.

All in all, there was widespread agreement between man and machine, as 25 of the 30 players drafted were within five or fewer spots of their ZiPS rankings. Here are the five players who had the largest positive gap between draft spot and WAR ranking.

1. Jurickson Profar, SS | Texas Rangers
Draft position: 24
ZiPS rank: 10


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