"I love that fastball he has," Marichal said. "If he learns how to spot that fastball, he's going to be untouchable. That kid has everything you need to be a great pitcher."
Strickland felt humbled when told of Marichal's remarks.
"He did a lot in his career. I have a lot of respect for him. I'm very honored," Strickland said. Developing the fastball command Marichal described, said Strickland, "is something I have to continue to do."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.