For most of 2011, the Royals and their fans figured they had one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball in Alcides Escobar.
They also figured they had a light-hitting shortstop, a fact they were willing to live with.
As it turns out, the Royals and their fans won't have to live with the latter anymore.
Escobar, 26, has emerged as an offensive weapon, so much so that skipper Ned Yost has implanted Escobar in the No. 2 spot in the order, where he may have found a home for years to come.
I don't think there's a better shortstop around, teammate Eric Hosmer said. Defensively he's the best shortstop. I have no doubt about that. He's got the best arm and the best range. And now he's doing things offensively we kind of knew he could do.
Escobar hit just .254 last year in his first season with the Royals and, at times, he looked worse offensively than the numbers suggested. For much of the first half in 2011, Escobar had trouble hitting the ball out of th...