Here's how I view it.
Hardy has a poor OBP. He doesn't walk and his pop isn't significant enough for him to be a good middle of the lineup guy.
Escobar has the average and OBP. He's arguably one of the best top of the order hitters in baseball. Also, have you seen his defense? It's phenomenal.
Escobar>Hardy. If Hardy repeats his 2011, I'll reconsider him because of his pop.. But he needs to get that walk rate up.