2010 stats (Thole): 73 games, .277 avg, .357 OBP, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, 17 runs scored
2010 stats (Paulino): 91 games, .259 avg, .311 OBP, 4 HRs, 37 RBIs, 31 runs scored
When the season starts, Paulino will have eight games left on his 50 game suspension from last year, but after that, the catcher position will mostly likely be a platoon job in 2011. Thole will most likely get the majority of starts against right-handed pitchers, with Paulino starting against lefties.
Thole doesn't have a lot of pop in his bat, but he has shown the ability to hit for average and is a sufficient defensive catcher. The pitchers like how he calls the game and handles himself well behind the plate. Thole is only 24 years old, so he can still grow and, while he probably won't hit double digit HRs in a season, he could develop into a catcher that hits .300 and has some gap power.
Platooning with Thole works out pretty well for Paulino because he has always hit lefties pretty well. This is probably the main reason the Mets signed him. In his young career, Because the majority of his starts will come against lefties, there is a chance that Paulino can hit anywhere from .280-.300 this year. I'm not saying it's likely, but if 90 percent of his ABs come against lefties, it's possible for Paulino, who has hit .308 against lefties in the past three years.