Is an out called if the batter nicks the ball and the catcher catches it before it hits the ground?
Only if it is on a third strike. That would be considered a foul
tip and, by official rule, is different from a foul ball. A foul
tip is when the catcher catches a ball that is 'tipped' by the
batter and the ball goes straight back into the catcher's mitt. If
the catcher drops the ball it is considered a foul ball and not a