Baseball's franchise players

ESPN enlists 30 resident 'GMs' to draft a player they'd build their team around

Updated: May 31, 2012, 2:48 PM ET
ESPN.com

If you were starting a franchise and you could pick any player in professional baseball, who would be your franchise player? That's the question we asked 30 of our resident baseball "experts," who will participate in ESPN's second annual Franchise Player Draft on Thursday.

With the annual first-year player draft only four days away, several of our experts will discuss and debate baseball's "franchise players" during our live chat from 12-3 p.m. ET. The draft order was randomly selected, and the picks will be unveiled every five minutes, starting with "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst and former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who drew the No. 1 pick, and ending with Grantland.com MLB writer Jonah Keri, who has pick No. 30.

In a twist this year, 30 different fans will be selected during the draft to make picks along with our ESPN general managers.

The results will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@ESPN_MLB). Fans can use the hashtag #franchisedraft to join the discussion or follow along. Find out who will get picked and who will get snubbed!