- 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.
Dan Szymborski breaks down the best picks of the "franchise player draft" based on long-term projections relative to draft spot, and Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar appears to be the steal of the draft.