3 Players Who Won't Be on the Rays' Postseason Roster

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 12: Nate Lowe #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With 12 games left to play after Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays will be fighting for their postseason lives during the rest of September. The team currently holds a 1.5-game lead for the second Wild Card spot over the Cleveland Indians. If the Rays do manage to clinch a postseason berth, they will have to make tough decisions when finalizing their October roster.

3. Guillermo Heredia, OF

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 11: Centerfielder Guillermo Heredia #54 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits the wall as he makes a catch on a ball hit by Austin Nola #23 of the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on August 11, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. At right, rightfielder Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Outfielder Guillermo Heredia has not maintained a strong start to the season, and has split time between the major and minor leagues for most of the year. While Heredia could have value for his defense, the Rays may be more inclined to use this roster spot on elite speedster Johnny Davis. After all, that's the type of September trial he's here for!

2. Nate Lowe, 1B

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 11: Nate Lowe #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single against the Texas Rangers in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 11, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Nate Lowe has flashed some serious pop at times in 40 games. However, he has only hit one of his six total homers in his last 15 games, while slugging .133 in that span. With fellow lefty first baseman Ji-man Choi currently on a tear, Tampa may view Lowe's skillset as redundant, let alone dormant.

1. Jalen Beeks, LHP

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 21: Jalen Beeks #68 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 21, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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Jalen Beeks has been primarily utilized as a bulk pitcher following an opener in 2019. The four-man playoff rotation will most likely consist of Charlie Morton, Blake Snell (fingers crossed), Tyler Glasnow and possibly one opener. With better options for bulk (Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos) and lefty reliever roles (Yarbrough, Colin Poche), Beeks may not have a spot on the team come October.