The 2013 World Baseball Classic has produced some exciting moments thus far. From bench-clearing brawls to record team performances, the global tournament has certainly not been short of thrilling entertainment.
At the halfway point, there have been both surprises and disappointments. Chinese Taipei and Korea are now sitting at home, wondering why their talent wasn't enough to take them further. Venezuela too is headed home despite its star-studded batting order.
Cuba once again suffered a second-round defeat, this time at the hands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Some of baseball's brightest stars have shined on the international stage, while others have fizzled.
Here are grades for some of the world's best players at the midway point of the WBC.