Having major league talent on your roster doesn't assure a team of victory in the World Baseball Classic—just ask Miguel Cabrera and Team Venezuela, eliminated from advancing to the second round after dropping its first two games in Pool C—but it certainly helps.
Some MLB players have risen to the occasion, putting forth outstanding performances and guiding their respective national teams to success and a shot at WBC glory.
Others, not so much.
As the opening round winds down, let's look at how the 25 best players in this year's tournament have fared.
*All World Baseball Classic statistics courtesy of WorldBaseballClassic.com.
*All other statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.